SAN DIEGO – Dec. 13, 2016 – Mama’s Kitchen surpassed their fundraising goal for the twelfth annual Pie in the Sky Thanksgiving Bake Sale by selling more than 4,000 pies and raising over $122,000 during the six-week sales period, with donations still coming in. Proceeds from this year’s pie sales will directly fund more than 40,000 free, hot and nutritious Mama’s Kitchen meals, which help ensure that no one living with AIDS or cancer will go hungry in the San Diego community.
The fundraiser ran from Oct. 10 to Nov. 20, 2016, with hundreds of volunteers taking to the streets to sell pies to friends, family, and co-workers. Twenty-eight of San Diego’s top pastry chefs, caterers and bakeries came forward to bake and donate thousands of pies for the effort. This year’s sponsors included Wells Fargo, Sycuan Casino, Walmart, The Original Pancake House, Energy Radio 103.7 FM, Gay San Diego, KyXy Radio 96.5 FM, San Diego PIX, San Diego Uptown News, San Diego Magazine and SDGLN.com.
“We would like to thank all the volunteers, bakers, sponsors along with individuals and teams for their amazing energy and dedication, which helped us surpass our goal,” said Alberto Cortés, executive director, Mama’s Kitchen. “No one should go hungry, and the community’s united efforts will help ensure individuals who are living with AIDS or cancer will have hot meals this holiday season.”
For more information regarding Mama’s Kitchen or to volunteer, please visit www.mamaskitchen.org or call (619) 233-6262.
About Mama’s Kitchen
Mama’s Kitchen was founded in 1990 when volunteers from the AIDS Assistance Fund discovered that many of their clients were becoming too ill to take care of themselves. They realized that a reliable home meal delivery service was needed to ensure that these individuals would continue to receive nutritious, life-sustaining food. In 2004, Mama’s Pantry was opened to provide individuals with HIV/AIDS who are able to prepare meals the opportunity to supplement their nutritional needs. During the past 26 years, Mama’s Kitchen has served over eight million meals and has never turned away a client who qualified for our services. Our commitment to our clients remains unchanged and today the organization has expanded its service to San Diegans affected by either AIDS or cancer. Mama’s Kitchen also offers a Nutrition Education Service, led by a registered dietitian, which provides nutrition coaching to HIV-positive residents to assist them in managing their diagnosis through proper nutrition. Mama’s Kitchen provides three meals a day, for every day of the year, free of charge, to approximately 350 men, women, and children in San Diego County each week. Learn more and make a donation at www.mamaskitchen.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.