Have Your Pie and Donate, Too

RC_PieintheskyboxTurkey and stuffing is as good as gravy, but what we here at Chowder really look forward to on Thanksgiving is the pie. (Case in point: The November issue’s Ultimate Pecan Pie.) But when hosts are so focused on the bird being moist, dessert can be an afterthought. Luckily, Community Servings’ Pie in the Sky program comes to the rescue.

Community Servings is baking pies for you to take home for $25, which is probably less than it would cost you to prepare one at home (including the four pounds of butter you wasted trying to get that crust just right). Not only that, but all of the proceeds go toward feeding the critically ill and their families in Greater Boston. But you have to hurry. You only have until November 21 to place your order.

Here’s how it works: More than 150 restaurants and bakeries around town bake and donate the pies, which are then sold through pie sellers and at Pieinthesky.org. Choices include apple, pumpkin, sweet potato, or pecan. Then, on Wed., November 25 (the day before Thanksgiving), you can pick up your pie at The Castle at Park Plaza or one of 45 other locations, then open up the box and find out which restaurant or bakery it came from. The money spent on the pie provides an entire week’s worth of free, home-delivered meals for a man, woman, or child in Eastern Massachusetts who is battling a critical illness such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes or MS.

Want to help? Buy a pie or register to be a pie seller. Here’s to having a great Thanksgiving meal from beginning to end. And remember: No matter how much you gobble, there’s always room for more pie.