Friendship Garden and Friendship Trays

I want to introduce a new Mission and Outreach Ministry series on our Key Partners – the work they do and why it is important that we participate.Our church focuses on homelessness, education and hunger.

Did you know this about hunger in North Carolina and Charlotte?

  • 630,000 NC households don’t have enough to eat – that is equal to about 1/4 of the entire Charlotte Metro area
  • 1 in 4 children in NC face hunger on a regular basis – that figure is about 1 in 10 for Charlotte

Our first Key Partner is Friendship Garden and Friendship Trays. I can’t begin to give you all of the details in a couple of minutes but I can, hopefully, plant a seed in your interest and desire to help.

The Friendship Garden (to the right or North of the side of the sanctuary), under the leadership of Gary and Carol Sugg as Master Gardeners harvests the most produce of any community/church garden in Charlotte for Friendship Trays, the connection. To date we have already harvested over 150 pounds of produce. We need folks to tend the garden, primarily weeding and harvesting as the summer and fall goes by. Carol will put together a Sign-Up genius. We should sign up for a week where we can tend the garden and deliver the produce to Friendship Trays. This is an excellent family activity.

Friendship Trays delivers over 700 meals daily to those in need. It is Charlotte’s version of Meals on Wheels. Here we need folks to pick up the meals from a central distribution point and deliver those meals on a pre-defined route in and near the church one day a month. This takes about 2 hours to do. You will serve others, meet some interesting folks, and most likely will make some new friends. Contact Linda Brown as our driver coordinator.

We are called to be in the community and to go where its needs are, if we follow the Jesus path. We are called to give not only of our treasures but our time. Please consider doing so.

So, join me in the garden right after church. With a few hands we should be done today in an hour or so.

Grow together, Go together!

Warren Henry