Buy Pie from Community Servings’ Pie in the Sky

pie in the sky
Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
I love pie,
I really do!

Bad poetry aside, I do really love pie. Apple pie is my favorite, but pecan and I go way back.

Each Thanksgiving, my contribution to my mother-in-law’s Thanksgiving celebration includes three critical elements: 1) the grandchildren (entertainment), 2) wine (more entertainment), and 3) pie (the more, the better the holiday). I deliver the delicious pies thanks to Pie in the Sky, the annual Thanksgiving bake sale from Community Servings, a Boston area nonprofit that provides nutritious, made-from-scratch meals to critically ill individuals and their families.

Community Servings serves more than 1,800 people a year, preparing 2,200 made-from-scratch meals for its clients each day. Community Servings works to help its clients maintain their health and dignity and preserve the integrity of their families through culturally appropriate, home-delivered meals, nutrition education, and other community programs. Additionally, its meals are medically tailored, meaning they meet the nutritional and medical needs of their clients suffering from HIV/AIDS, diabetes, cancer, and other critical illnesses.

Each November since 1993, Boston restaurants, bakeries, caterers, and hotels donate thousands of delicious (really, really delicious) pies—apple, pumpkin, sweet potato, and pumpkin—that volunteers then sell to family, friends, and colleagues in time to celebrate the holiday season. This year, I’ve joined up with a group of local bloggers to promote Pie in the Sky. We’ve formed our own pie-selling team, titled Hashtag Pie, to encourage support of the great work of Community Servings. I have been a big fan of Pie in the Sky for years, so using Red Shutters and my social media reach to encourage others to contribute was an easy yes for me.

Each pie is just $30, an amount which provides a week’s worth of nutritious, home‐delivered meals to someone who is too sick to shop or cook for themselves or their family. Last year, more than 12,000 people bought pies, raising more than $763,000 for Community Servings and providing tens of thousands of meals to Community Servings’ clients.

Pies can be ordered until November 19 by visiting http://pieinthesky.org/kimberlyhenslelowrance or by calling 617.522.7777. When you place your order, you can select the pie pick up spot closest to your home or work, and you can pick up your pies in time for Thanksgiving on Wednesday, November 23.

And, friends, don’t buy just one buy. Get a few, freezing the extra for another day. Pie is great on Thanksgiving, after all, and it’s even better on a regular ol’ Tuesday night.