Community Servings Sets $1 Million Goal for 30th Annual Pie in the Sky Fundraiser

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BOSTON – Community Servings, a nonprofit provider of medically-adapted meal and nutrition services, and a leader in “food is medicine” research, advocacy and policy, today announced a goal to raise $1 million for the 30th year of pie in the sky. A fundraiser’s big bake sale gives away freshly baked Thanksgiving pies to those helping feed chronically and seriously ill neighbors across Massachusetts.

Hood New England Creamery has joined as a new sponsor of the charity effort, with a special offer for their creamiest ice cream with the purchase of every apple, pecan or pumpkin pie.

Longtime supporter Whole Foods Market will again donate proceeds from select pie sales at its stores ahead of Thanksgiving, while offering a free car wash to motorists who donate.

“We are responding to an ever-increasing need, particularly since the start of the pandemic, for nutritious, home-cooked meals that we prepare for thousands of people facing illness and nutritional insecurity,” said David B. Waters, CEO. community services. “We are grateful to everyone who supported pie in the sky and the special meaning it has brought to the Thanksgiving meal over the past three decades.

Those who donate $30 at www.pieinthesky.org will receive their choice of a freshly baked apple, pecan or pumpkin pie to serve on Thanksgiving.

Each $30 donation supports one week’s worth of healthy meals for one of Community Servings’ customers living with an illness such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, heart disease or diabetes.

Donors will pick up their pies Nov. 22 at a designated pickup site, after they are distributed by massive staff and volunteers at the Boston Convention & Exposition Center.

pie in the sky began as a grassroots community bake sale that helped fund efforts to prepare and deliver hot, nutritious meals to people living with HIV/AIDS. Over the decades, and with the support of more than 150 Boston-area chefs, bakers, caterers and restaurants who generously donated pies, the fundraiser has become known as “the biggest sale in patisseries in the world” – selling up to 25,000 pies a year.

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked a surge in demand for Community Servings meal programs, which have grown 130% since March 2020. The nonprofit is on track to prepare more than a million meals in 2022.

This year, most pies will be made by Boston Baking Inc. in Hyde Park. Among the Boston chefs who have contributed pies this year are Joanne Chang and Christopher Myers, who will enlist the culinary team at Commissioner Flour Bakery in Boston’s Seaport District for the cause.

“Making Thanksgiving pies is one of our favorite times of the year at Flour Bakery,” said pastry chef Joanne Chang, owner and operator of Flour Bakery and Cafe. “What makes it even more special is being able to share pies with Community Servings and their supporters knowing the money raised helps feed those in need. Flour and Community Portions share a common mission: to provide our customers with lovingly prepared meals that make them happy. »

pie in the sky sponsors also include America’s Test Kitchen, Big Foot Moving & Storage, Coldwell Banker Residential Banker Cares, Digitas, Ligris, Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, M&T Bank and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

Whole Foods Market has supported Community Servings since 1996, helping the organization provide 130,000 medically appropriate meals. From November 15 to 30, Whole Foods Market will sell specially cooked apples and pumpkins pie in the sky-labeled pies in all of its Massachusetts locations. He will donate $5 from each sale to Community Servings, which will provide a day of nutritious meals to a neighbor in need during the holiday season.

ScrubaDub, New England’s leading car wash company, will once again be offering free car washes (redeemable by email; valid after Thanksgiving) to donors who support the campaign with a “Pie for a Community Servings Client” donation. “. Over the past nine years, family-owned car wash Paisner has donated more than $230,000 to Community Servings, providing more than 80,000 meals for its customers, caretakers and dependents.

Founded in 1990, Community Servings’ mission is to actively engage the community in providing medically appropriate, nutritious, home-cooked meals to people with chronic and critical illnesses and their families. We are committed in all of our programs and business practices to prioritizing racial and economic justice and health equity. To help clients maintain their health and dignity, we provide culturally appropriate meals, nutritional education and counseling, and other community programs. The kitchen team, with the support of thousands of volunteers, prepares over 1,000,000 medically adapted meals which are served to over 5,000 customers each year. For more information about programs and volunteer or giving opportunities, please visit www.servings.org.

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