Mama’s Kitchen Kicks-Off West Coast’s Largest Bake Sale

Mama’s Kitchen Kicks-Off West Coast’s Largest Bake Sale
October, 2011 Client News

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Mama’s Kitchen, a nonprofit organization that delivers healthy meals at no cost to San Diego men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS or cancer, presents their seventh annual Mama’s Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale. The fundraiser runs through Nov. 20, 2011. Pie buyers can purchase fresh pumpkin, pecan, apple and no-sugar added apple pies for just $20 each; with $15 from each pie being tax deductible. Pies can be purchased online via www.mamaspies.org or by calling (619) 233-6262.

All proceeds from pie sales go directly into funding thousands of free, hot and nutritious Mama’s Kitchen meals, which help ensure that no one living with AIDS or cancer will go hungry in the San Diego community. Hundreds of volunteers will take to the streets to sell the pies to friends, family and co-workers. Many of San Diego’s top pastry chefs, caterers, and bakeries such as Sycuan, Sea World, Behind the Scenes Catering and more will donate traditional Thanksgiving pies for this annual Mama’s Pie in the Sky Bake Sale. Pies will be available for pick-up the day before Thanksgiving on Wed., Nov. 23 at more than 20 convenient Wells Fargo Bank branch locations throughout San Diego County.

Each pie sold provides more than six home-delivered meals to a neighbor struggling with a critical illness such as cancer or HIV/AIDS. “When you buy a pie you provide nutritious meals, comfort and hope to fellow community members affected by AIDS or cancer,” said Alberto Cortés, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen. “A heartfelt thank you to Wells Fargo, this year’s presenting sponsor, for supporting our cause and permitting us to use 20 Wells Fargo branches throughout the county as pie pickup sites.”

Pie sellers and volunteers are encouraged to attend the Pie Kick-Off Party on Tues., Oct. 11 from 5 to 7 p.m. This family-friendly event, held at their new headquarters at 3960 Home Avenue in City Heights, will feature games, raffle giveaways, pizza, pie and ice cream.

This year, the popular “Love-A-Client” Pie raffle returns. Purchase a pie to be delivered to a Mama’s Kitchen client on Thanksgiving and enter to win a 64GB iPad2. The more client pies purchased, the more chances to enter and win. Individuals and sales teams will also have opportunities to win prizes from generous sponsors.

Mama’s Kitchen hopes to sell more than 6,000 pies during the six-week sales period, which will raise $125,000 and fund nearly 40,000 meals. 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 how to volunteer to sell pies, visit www.mamaspies.org.

This year’s sponsors for Mama’s Pie in the Sky fundraiser include Wells Fargo, NICO Insurance Services, Inc., Teague Insurance Agency, Inc., Scatena Daniels Communications, SeaWorld San Diego, Sycuan Casino, Gay San Diego, KyXy 96.5, Rage Monthly, San Diego Momfia, San Diego PIX, San Diego Uptown News, San Diego.com, SDGLN.com and Sophie@103.7.

Pie bakers include Behind the Scenes Catering and Events, Sbicca, SeaWorld San Diego, The French Gourmet, Elizabethan Desserts, Gourmet Group Catering, Feast on This, Hyatt Regency Mission Bay, San Diego Desserts, Just Call Us Catering, Harbor Church, St. Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church, Sycuan Casino, The Wild Thyme Company Catering & Events, Food Farm Food Truck, Jenny Wenny Cakes, Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego on San Diego Bay, Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine, San Diego Culinary Institute, and Andaz San Diego.

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 individuals with HIV/AIDS who are able to prepare meals the opportunity to supplement their nutritional needs. Mama’s Kitchen has served over five 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 organization has expanded its service to San Diegans affected by either AIDS or cancer. Mama’s Kitchen provides three meals a day, for every day of the year, free of charge, to nearly 300 men, women, and children in San Diego County. Learn more and make a donation at www.mamaskitchen.org.