Lucy Bush Carter oral history interview, 2019 March 6
In this interview, Lucy Bush Carter, the Executive Director of Friendship Trays in Charlotte, North Carolina, discusses the history of the organization, its evolution, and partnerships with other organizations over time. She describes how Friendship Trays began in the 1970s alongside several other non-profit organizations that came into being to address the needs of vulnerable populations in Charlotte. Friendship Trays grew out of an initiative between several churches in the Elizabeth neighborhood, who came together to provide weekly lunches for the elderly. The organization grew into a comprehensive food delivery service with its own kitchen by 1989. Ms. Carter describes in detail the evolution of Friendship Gardens, a network of local gardens, and an urban farm based at Garinger High School, that supply fresh produce to Friendship Trays. She describes how Friendship Gardens developed as part of the Friendship Trays organization, with the assistance of various partners, including Slow Food Charlotte, and local supporter Bruce Parker. She discusses how Friendship Trays has now partnered with The Bulb, created by Alisha Pruett, which helps with their mobile market. She mentions her collaboration with Loaves & Fishes to provide pantry food items to their clients. Ms. Carter details the significant work of Friendship Trays volunteers who deliver meals to at risk people, emphasizing the important and life changing relationships they develop with clients.