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Annual Pie Sale To Benefit San Diego AIDS Patients

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A slice of pumpkin pie sits on a plate, Oct. 9, 2005.

Volunteers have started assembling pie boxes for the “Mama's Pie in the Sky'' fundraiser that will start Saturday.

The annual bake sale benefits Mama’s Kitchen, which provides meals to people suffering from HIV/AIDS and cancer.

Mama’s Kitchen works with dozens of San Diego restaurants, bakeries, and caterers to make and sell the pies.

Each pie costs $25. Organizers say for the cost of one pie, they can provide seven meals for someone in need. Pies come in traditional Thanksgiving styles: pumpkin, apple, pecan and Dutch apple.

Pie enthusiasts who are counting calories can buy a pie, and instead of eating it, can have it included in a meal delivered to a Mama’s Kitchen client.

Bake sale organizers credit San Diego’s community spirit for making the sale such a success.

Alberto Cortes of Mama’s Kitchen said it is the people of San Diego that make the holiday pie sale such a success.

“We do our work because it’s a community effort and that’s the only way it can happen,” Cortes said.

Cortes said he anticipates Mama’s Kitchen will sell more than 4,600 pies this year.

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