SOLD OUT! Stephanie Land, NY Times Bestselling author of MAID and Inspiration for the Netflix Series is Keynote Speaker for 2022 Luncheon of Hope, May 25th


Wednesday, May 25, 2022 is the Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays’ Luncheon of Hope featuring NY Times bestselling author Stephanie Land. Her debut memoir, Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother’s Will to Survive is now the inspiration of the critically acclaimed Netflix Series MAID starring Margaret Qualley and Andie MacDowell.

This year’s luncheon will be held Wednesday, May 25th 11:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m. at the Fillmore Charlotte.  

In Maid, Stephanie Land recounts her harrowing saga as a single mom navigating the poverty trap all while radiating a parent’s hope and resilience.  Her unflinching writing about poverty and motherhood offers a stark look at what it means to struggle to get by, giving voice to the millions of “working poor” in our country.

“A single mother‘s personal, unflinching look at America’s class divide, a description of the tightrope many families walk just to get by, and a reminder of the dignity of all work.”

—President Barack Obama
One of Obama’s 2019 Favorite Books & Obama’s 2019 Summer Reading List

The Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays Luncheon of Hope seeks to raise awareness of and educate our community on the issue of hunger experienced by 1 in 5 children in Mecklenburg Co.

Loaves & Fishes/Friendship Trays fights hunger and poverty by providing nutritionally balanced groceries, healthy prepared meals and hope through a network of emergency food pantries and home meal delivery in Mecklenburg Co. Last year, we fed 80,000 people, half were children and seniors.

From Stephanie Land:

Hi there, I’m Stephanie Land

My passion is giving a voice to the invisible populations who live, work, and raise their families while experiencing food and housing insecurity in America. In my New York Times bestselling memoir MAID, I tell my story of juggling several housecleaning clients while working my way through college as a single mother. We were barely scraping by, struggling through a system of government assistance that more often pulls poor people back into poverty rather than lifting them out.

My writing as a journalist and my advocacy as a public speaker are fueled by my own experiences. I aspire to use my stories to expose the reality of what it’s like to pursue the myth of the American Dream while being held back at the poverty line. Too often these stories aren’t being told.

I want to change that.

-Stephanie Land

To learn more about Stephanie Land visit her website at

More from Stephanie Land: Essay: I Left Poverty After Writing ‘Maid’. But Poverty Never Left Me