Thursday, September 5, 2013

Put those kids to work for Friendship Gardens

What's a little child labor among friends? Whole Foods wants to put your kids to work for a Kids' Day of Service Sept. 14 at Friendship Gardens, 2401 Distribution St., on the grounds next to the Friendship Trays building. From 9:30 to 12:30, they will plant, water and harvest, followed by a salad lunch for the volunteers provided by Whole Kids Foundation.

The day is designed to be family-friendly and there will be tasks suited to anyone age 4 and up.

Friendship Gardens is a network of community gardens at schools, churches and nonprofits around Charlotte. Each garden donates a part of the harvest to Friendship Trays, a local meals-on-wheels program that delivers more than 700 meals a week to elderly, handicapped or convalescents.

(And to keep it all friendly and productive, Friendship Trays shares space with the Community Culinary School of Charlotte, which prepares the meals. And Community Culinary trains people with troubled pasts for jobs in the food-service industry. It all fits together very well. Distribution Street, by the way, is off Remount Road close to South Boulevard.)

To register your kids for the volunteer day or to get more details, go to


Anonymous said...

Thanks for highlighting the wonderful opportunity for service learning, a valuable lesson for life! We are thankful for our partnership with Whole Food. Friendship Trays is the primary meals on wheels program in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Just to be clear about the relationship between Friendship Trays and the Community Culinary School of Charlotte, the students ASSIST the Friendship Trays KITCHEN STAFF with the cooking and preparation of Friendship Trays meals. It is an apprenticeship model. Friendship Trays employs a full-time kitchen staff and part time registered dietician to plan, oversee and prepare the meals.
Lucy Bush Carter, Executuve Director, Friendship Trays.