Charlotte Hornets Foundation Awards $25,000 Hunger Grant To Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays

June 14, 2022 – The Charlotte Hornets Foundation announced today that it has donated $25,000 to Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays, Inc. as its annual Hunger Grant. The donation was made to help the Mecklenburg County-based organization purchase a new vehicle for its robust Meals on Wheels program.

“Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays is an incredible organization that has been ensuring all residents across Charlotte have access to nutritious food for decades,” said Hornets President & Vice Chairman Fred Whitfield. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to support Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays with purchasing a new vehicle, which we hope will enable them to transport even more meals and groceries to our neighbors in need.”

Previously two leading hunger-fighting organizations in the Charlotte area, Loaves & Fishes and Friendship Trays merged in early 2021 to strengthen their capacity to tackle all the facets and phases of food insecurity in Charlotte through a network of food pantries, plus home grocery and meal delivery services. By increasing access to fresh, healthy food, Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays aims to make sure that everyone’s hunger needs are met in the way that they need it. Last year alone, Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays provided groceries to more than 75,000 people and delivered nearly 120,000 meals.

“We are very thankful for the generous donation from the Charlotte Hornets Foundation,” said Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays CEO Tina Postel. “Delivering food to those who are unable to obtain or prepare their own meals is so important, and this vehicle will help us reach even more individuals in the Charlotte community. Our Meals on Wheels program is about so much more than just the food – it’s also about providing human connection to the isolated and lonely and peace of mind to their families.”