Friendship Trays delivers more than 780 meals daily to elderly, handicapped, and convalescing people who are unable or greatly restricted in their ability to prepare or secure meals and who reside within the area the service can reach with its corps of drivers. Deliveries are at the lunch hour but the meal is a full one, more like what many people are accustomed to for dinner.
This meal consists of two separate containers, one with meat or fish and a vegetable, the other with carbohydrate, salad or fruit, and dessert. Diet orders are obtained for all clients from their doctors, and a range of special diets are available to fill doctors’ written orders for certain medical conditions. Individuals may request Friendship Trays or they may be referred by others, including both medical professionals and family members.
What makes Friendship Trays possible is volunteers. They come as individuals, as members of faith-based communities, and as teams from area businesses and civic organizations. Without them, this work would not be possible. While all recipients are asked to pay for their meals based on their ability to pay, recipient income alone does not pay for Friendship Trays. Sponsors include approximately 80 faith-based communities and organizations, as well as civic organizations and businesses. Other groups are welcome to join at any time, through donations of time as volunteers or as donors of the financial resources that allow Friendship Trays to serve all who need nutritious meals. Volunteers begin their routes between 10:30 a.m. and noon. If you want to get a sense of what Friendship Trays is all about, now’s the time to come for a visit. Watch the process. Listen to the bustle and banter. Soak up the energy and commitment of the people who make Friendship Trays possible.