By SDCN Editor
San Diego, CA–The holiday season is quickly approaching, which means local nonprofit Mama’s Kitchen is cooking up plans for its highly anticipated 17th Annual Mama’s Pies Thanksgiving Bake Sale.
Mama’s Pies is a popular fundraiser that raises critical funds for the nonprofit to provide nutrition services to San Diegans vulnerable to hunger due to HIV, cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and chronic kidney disease. Mama’s Kitchen is San Diego’s only free, countywide, home-delivered meal program for individuals and families experiencing these critical illnesses.
For over 31 years, Mama’s Kitchen has prepared and delivered nutritious meals to local individuals in need.
When the pandemic hit last year, the organization did not skip a beat and was prepared to jump into action when the community needed support, as they are familiar with the challenges that come with a worldwide pandemic.
The organization will kick off its online pie sales beginning Oct. 11 and continue through Nov. 20. Pie flavors include pumpkin, traditional apple, pecan, and Dutch apple, and are available for just $30 each. Each pie sold allows Mama’s Kitchen to cook, prepare, and deliver 12 nutritious meals to our neighbors battling critical illnesses. Buyers may select one of several drive-through public pickup sites throughout San Diego when placing their orders and can pick up their pies on Wednesday, Nov. 24.
For individuals interested in participating in Mama’s Pies Thanksgiving Bake Sale outside of purchasing a pie for themselves, they can consider donating critical funds directly to Mama’s Kitchen or funding a $30 Holiday Feast that will provide 12 meals to a client in need.
Considered San Diego’s largest annual bake sale, Mama’s Pies brings together community volunteers to sell Thanksgiving pies baked and donated by local caterers, restaurants, and bakeries. All proceeds from pie sales directly fund Mama’s Kitchen’s services and programs and help the organization deliver breakfast, lunch, and dinner to people affected by critical illness who are mentally or physically unable to prepare meals as a result of their diagnosis.
San Diego pastry chefs, caterers, and bakeries will donate their time and talent to bake 2,800 traditional Thanksgiving pies to help Mama’s Kitchen reach its goal of raising $125,000 during the six-week sales period to fund 50,000 meals to benefit the organization’s clients.
“The holiday season is a time for giving and Mama’s Pies is a fun, feel-good, and delicious way to give back to those in need of the basic necessity of life, which is nutritious food,” says Alberto Cortés, CEO, Mama’s Kitchen.
Established in 1990, Mama’s Kitchen started as a volunteer response to the AIDS epidemic, and now delivers three medically-tailored nutritious meals a day, seven days a week, and free of charge to individuals in need.
“Our organization saw a 50% increase in demand in response to COVID. Last year we delivered 600,000 meals to our neighbors in need of nutrition, comfort, and a friendly visit,” Cortés said. “We couldn’t have met these demands without the unfailing support of our community of volunteers, donors, and staff members. Our home-delivered meal service continues to expand to support additional types of critical illness, and our annual bake sale directly supports our efforts to fight critical illnesses through the power of nutrition.”
Mama’s Pies receives generous support from sponsors including All Fresh Products Inc., Behind the Scenes Catering and Events, Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, Ling and Bouman, LLP, SAIC Equality Alliance, Shamrock Foods, Sycuan Casino Resort.
Those interested in participating in Mama’s Pies Thanksgiving Bake Sale as a baker, as well as individuals and corporations wanting to become a pie seller, volunteer, or sponsor, can contact Silvia Dominguez at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (619) 233-6262.