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Mama’s Kitchen To Sell 5,000 Pies At Thanksgiving Bake Sale Fundraiser

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Above: Mama's Kitchen has been delivering free meals to AIDS and cancer patients in San Diego for more than 20 years. If you're still looking for dessert and a way to make a difference, their annual pie in the sky bake sale is open on Thanksgiving Day.

Aired 11/27/13 on KPBS News.

Mama’s Kitchen pies and baked goods are available for purchase at Mama’s Kitchen until noon on Thanksgiving day. Flavors include pecan, pumpkin, apple and Dutch apple.

Mama’s Kitchen has been delivering free meals to AIDS and cancer patients in San Diego for more than 20 years. Every November, the City Heights nonprofit hosts their “Pie In The Sky” bake sale.

This year, Mama’s Kitchen hopes to sell 5,000 pies donated from local bakeries. All the proceeds from the pie sales go directly to the organization.

Alberto Cortes, executive director of Mama’s Kitchen, said the bake sale is one of their most successful fundraisers.

“It’s one of our most important efforts in raising resources for the mission of Mama’s Kitchen,” he said.

Anne Garger, a chef at Mama’s Kitchen, said the organization takes great pride in the bake sale.

“We say it’s the largest bake sale in the world. I’m not sure it’s correct, but we say it anyway,” Garger said.

Mama’s Kitchen started serving AIDS patients who were dying from malnutrition in 1990. Now, they deliver three meals a day, seven days a week, to more than 300 people. A few years ago, Mama’s Kitchen also added a food pantry for people who are able to pick up their own food and for children of patients.

This year, pies are available for purchase at Mama’s Kitchen until noon on Thanksgiving day. Flavors include pecan, pumpkin, apple and Dutch apple. They cost $20-25, or a pumpkin caramel chocolate tart is also available for $50. On the Mama’s Kitchen website, you can also donate a pie to a patient in someone’s honor.

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