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Mama's Kitchen's Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving bake sale fundraiser turns 10

SAN DIEGO, California -- Mama's Kitchen annual Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale will return this year for the 10th year, featuring bakers from over a dozen local restaurants, hotels and catering companies.

The fundraiser benefits Mama’s Kitchen work to provide nutritional support at no cost to San Diego men, women and children affected by AIDS or cancer who are vulnerable to hunger.

Sales will begin Oct. 6 and continue through Nov. 23.

Pie flavors are pumpkin, traditional apple pie, Dutch apple and pecan and are available for $25 each. Pies can be purchased online or by calling 619-233-6262. Volunteers will deliver the pies to more than 20 sites throughout San Diego County for pickup on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

So far, 13 bakers from throughout San Diego County have come forward to donate pies to the effort, including:

Authentic Flavors Fine Catering and Events (Miramar)

Behind the Scenes Catering & Events (Miramar)

Brothers Signature Catering and Events (Downtown)

Just Call Us Catering (Clairemont)

San Diego Culinary Institute (La Mesa) *

Sea and Smoke (Del Mar)

Solace and the Moonlight Lounge (Encinitas)

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens (Escondido)

Sweet Cheeks Baking Company (Mission Valley)

Sycuan Casino (East County San Diego)

The Manchester Grand Hyatt (Downtown)

Twiggs Bakery & Coffeehouse (University Heights/Normal Heights)

Urban Solace (North Park)

* = new participant in 2014

“Mama’s Pie in the Sky bake sale has become a tradition in San Diego, and one that many San Diegans look forward to as they give thanks over the Thanksgiving holiday,” said Alberto Cortés, executive director of Mama’s Kitchen. “The price of just one $25 pie enables us to provide eight nutritious, home delivered meals to our neighbors affected by AIDS or cancer.”

In 2013, the Mama’s Pie in the Sky Bake Sale was the biggest and most successful to date, selling 4,200 pies and raising over $111,000 during the six-week sales period.

In 2014, Mama’s Kitchen hopes to sell more than 5,100 pies during the six-week sales period, and raise $129,000 to fund more than 41,000 meals.

Additional pie bakers are needed to help with the effort. Individuals and teams are encouraged to volunteer to sell pies for a chance to win prizes from generous sponsors. Pie Sellers are also encouraged to use their social media networks to promote their participation in Mama’s Pie in the Sky, as all sales funnel through their sales website. For information on this year’s sales effort and to learn how to volunteer, visit www.mamaspies.org or call Ben Coyle at 619-233-6262.

About Mama’s Kitchen

Mama’s Kitchen was founded in 1990 when volunteers from the AIDS Assistance Fund discovered that many of their clients were becoming too ill to take care of themselves. They realized that a reliable home meal delivery service was needed to ensure that these individuals would continue to receive nutritious, life-sustaining food. In 2004, Mama’s Pantry was opened to provide HIV/AIDS-positive individuals who are able to prepare meals the opportunity to supplement their nutritional needs. Mama’s Kitchen has served over seven million meals since it was founded and has never turned away a client who qualified for our services. Our commitment to our clients remains unchanged. Today, the community-driven organization has expanded its service to San Diegans affected by AIDS or cancer that are vulnerable to hunger. Mama’s Kitchen provides three meals a day, for every day of the year, free of charge, to approximately 350 men, women, and children in San Diego County. Learn more and make a donation HERE.