Friendship Trays is here to serve when you or a loved one can no longer prepare meals. We assist those who are suffering from:
- Chronic illness
- Recent surgery
- Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
- Fall risk
- Inability to leave home
In addition to our regular meal, we can follow doctor-prescribed diets including:
- Consistent Carbohydrate
- Heart Healthy
- No Salt Added
- Soft, Bland
- Renal, Consistent Carbohydrate
Do I need to be very old or very sick to get meals?
Neither. We recently had a recipient that was just 20 years old. Some people recuperating from illness or accidents receive meals for a short time. The key is: are you—or those you love—able to prepare a healthful meal? If the answer is no, we can help.
Can you help my parent who will eat what’s served but can’t remember to cook a balanced diet?
Absolutely. We want to help people live independently as long as possible.
What and when do you deliver?
Volunteers deliver meals mid-morning. The type of meal will depend on your doctor-ordered nutrition plan. Each meal consists of two components. Both are delivered cool, not frozen, and can be refrigerated until mealtime. The black container, sealed in plastic wrap, can be reheated in a microwave or conventional oven. It generally holds an entrée, one starch and one vegetable. The other component is a sealed bag that may hold bread, fruit and condiments.
Will you deliver to my home?
Our routes cover most of Mecklenburg County. If your home is not near an existing route or on a route that’s already full, service may be delayed. Let’s talk.
What do you charge?
Everyone is served, and everyone pays based on his or her ability. The price range per meal is from .85 to $5.00. Family members often make the monthly payments on behalf of the loved one.
Do people like the food?
A recipient wrote “we’re so appreciative for the trays—especially since they’re always so delicious!” But sometimes recipients are ill, and nothing may taste good. Or their illness may require the unfamiliar tastes of a no added salt or consistent carbohydrate diet. Family members who understand these issues can help ensure that their loved ones are eating enough of the nutritious food in the meals to encourage good health.