Mission: Deliver daily, in a caring and friendly manner, balanced meals to individuals in the community who are unable to obtain or prepare their own meals because of age or infirmity.
Population Served: Individuals in need, elderly, handicapped, and convalescing people.
History: FT began in 1976 when a handful of volunteers delivered six meals to elderly residents in the Elizabeth neighborhood who were unable to leave their homes. Less than a year later, 30 Charlotte churches incorporated Friendship Trays and today approximately 80 faith-based organizations, civic organizations, and businesses provide volunteers and funding, allowing FT to deliver 750 meals a day. In partnership with Slow Food Charlotte, FT also began the Friendship Gardens initiative where a collaboration of garden partners share their harvest for the benefit of FT meals.
Approach: A large part of FT’s mission is that their volunteers not only deliver food – they deliver a smile, a helping hand, and a daily visit from someone who cares. More than 750 meals are delivered daily to elderly, handicapped, and convalescing people who are unable to prepare or secure meals. While all recipients are asked to pay for their meals based on ability, costs are met by community support.
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Primary Contact: Dan Nunn, 704-906-6358 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deliver meals: Deliver to individuals who are unable to prepare own meals. Schedule varies depending on the team.