Pie in the Sky 2012 : Pie in the Sky 101
More than a fundraiser, Pie in the Sky fosters community spirit and engages the public in the mission of Community Servings -- Massachusetts' free home-delivered meals and nutrition program for the critically ill.
Each November since 1993, Boston's best restaurants, bakeries, caterers and hotels donate thousands of pies that over 500 volunteers then sell to family, friends and colleagues. Each pie costs $25, providing a week's worth of hearty home-delivered meals to a Community Servings' client and a tasty Thanksgiving treat to the buyer.
Corporate donors provide financial support and donations of in-kind services. Thanks to the dedication and generosity of our pie sellers and volunteers, $.90 of every $1.00 raised in 2010 went directly to feeding Community Servings' clients.
Rest assured, when you support Community Servings through Pie in the Sky, your contribution goes directly to our neighbors in greatest need -- homebound individuals and families struggling with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.
Here is how you -- the communty -- make Pie in the Sky happen. (Scroll over images).
What is Pie in the Sky?
Step One - Pies are donated and sellers sign up
Over 150 Bakers throughout Greater Boston bake and donate thousands of apple, pecan, pumpkin and sweet potato pies.
Over 600 Pie Sellers take orders from their family, friends and coworkers in the weeks before Thanksgiving. You can buy pies and make financial contributions to Community Servings by visiting pieinthesky.org
Step Two - Labeling Boxes
75 volunteers gather at the Greater Boston Food Bank for our annual "Box Party" to label 15,000 pie boxes in just 3 hours. Groups of volunteers then head out to deliver bundles of pie boxes and pie tins to each of our 150 bakers.
Step Three - Pie Central
Volunteers pick up the donated pies from pie bakers across Greater Boston and deliver them to "Pie Central." It takes a lot of space and manpower to organize 15,000 pies!
Step Four - Pickup Site Distribution
Pies are then shipped to over 60 public distribution points in Boston and the surrounding suburbs. Happy pie buyers retrieve their pies on the day before Thanksgiving at their preselected pick-up location.
Step Five - Enjoy!
Pie Buyers enjoy their Thanksgiving celebrations. Thanks to their generosity, Community Servings' clients sit down to lovingly prepared home-style meals -- on Thanksgiving and every day.