Goal of serving Thanksgiving to thousands in need no 'pie in the sky'

Dan Wing
November 20, 2018 - 12:04 pm
Volunteers stack boxes of pies in cars to deliver to distribution points throughout the city.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Volunteers loaded boxes containing thousands of pies into cars in North Philadelphia on Tuesday morning. They're wrapping up the largest fundraising event of the year for MANNA, a nonprofit that works year-round to bring food to people with serious illnesses.

Each year around Thanksgiving MANNA holds a "Pie in the Sky" fundraiser.

MANNA's director of external affairs, Rob Saxon, says each pie sold does a world of good.

"We send all of our clients a traditional Thanksgiving Day meal," Saxon said. "We send them enough food for four people. So it's: Buy a pie, feed a family."

And with more than 9,500 pies sold and $350,000 raised, a lot of families will be fed this year. 

"It's the most beautiful Thanksgiving meal," Saxon said. "It's wonderful, it's bountiful, it's delicious, it's everything from soup to nuts, and they get a great pie at the end too."

The pies were stored at the Philabundance warehouse in North Philadelphia, before they were delivered to over 50 distribution locations throughout the area.

The pies were stored at the Philabundance warehouse in North Philadelphia, before they were delivered to over 50 distribution locations throughout the area.
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