One Dessert, a Week of Healthy Meals
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One Dessert, a Week of Healthy Meals

Community Servings makes life sweeter for the critically ill through their annual Pie in the Sky event

Everyone looks forward to dessert on Thanksgiving—but for thousands of critically ill patients in Massachusetts, a freshly baked pie means much more than a holiday indulgence, thanks to a Boston-based organization called Community Servings. Each year, 1,450 clients who are too ill to shop or cook for themselves rely on Community Servings to deliver free, medically appropriate meals to their homes. And every Thanksgiving since 1993, the Boston community has joined forces to help make it happen through an event called Pie in the Sky.

"More than just a fundraiser," according to the Community Servings website, Pie in the Sky brings together hundreds of volunteers and donors in a city-wide effort to sell, bake, and distribute thousands of traditional Thanksgiving pies, all in the name of feeding the critically ill. Each purchase of a $25 pie feeds a Community Servings client for a week—and the donor gets to bring home a tasty Thanksgiving treat that they can feel good about. Pies are donated by more than 150 bakers at restaurants throughout greater Boston, and sold by more than 500 volunteer sellers who take orders from their coworkers, family, and friends.

Grand Circle Foundation has participated in Pie in the Sky since 1997, with a team of associates annually reaching out to their coworkers to sell pies on behalf of Community Servings. Grand Circle headquarters also acts as a pick-up site, enabling participants to conveniently pick up their pies right in the office. (Donors outside the company can pick their pies at dozens of public pick-up locations, including "Pie Central" at the beautiful Park Plaza Castle in Boston's Back Bay.)

All told, this year's Pie in the Sky event raised $480,000 to help feed Community Servings clients—which includes a total of 239 pies sold by Grand Circle associates. In addition, the Foundation donated 36 pies for a festive company-wide tasting, bringing the grand total to 275 pies. "In these trying economic times, this success is a true testament to the dedication and generosity of Community Servings' supporters," says Mallory Root, a Community Servings representative. "We could not have done it without you!"

Thanks to the many Grand Circle associates who donated their time, money, and energy to help feed our neighbors in need.

Featured in our December 2010 E-Newsletter. Read the full issue here.