San Diego's Largest Bake Sale to Raise Critical Funds for Mama's Kitchen

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Non-profit meal delivery service for critically ill aims to raise $100,000 through annual Thanksgiving fundraiser; Delicious holiday pies now on sale until Nov. 21, 2008.

The Mama's Pie In The Sky bake sale is now in it's fourth year, and is the largest, organized bake sale of its kind in San Diego (and possibly the West Coast). San Diego's top bakers, caterers and chefs including Sycuan Resort & Casino, SeaWorld, Ono Sushi and Elizabethan Desserts, generously donate these delectable, handcrafted holiday pies. These apple, pecan, pumpkin, and sugar-free apple pies are sure to warm the hearts and tables of thousands throughout San Diego County neighborhoods this Thanksgiving.

Individuals and business volunteers from throughout San Diego County are selling the pies from now until Nov. 21. Pies are just $20 each and are tax-deductible. One-hundred percent of the proceeds benefit Mama's Kitchen's programs. Pie buyers can select from more than 20 sites (see attached), including selected Wells Fargo Bank locations, throughout San Diego County to pick up their pies on Wed., Nov. 26, the day before the Thanksgiving holiday. The public is encouraged to purchase pies early, to ensure they will have one (or many) for their Thanksgiving get-togethers. Pies also make great client gifts for businesses, and can be purchased in bulk. Pies can also be purchased online at the Mama's Kitchen web site.

Every pie sold pays for almost half of each client's weekly meals - meals they might not have had without Mama's Kitchen and the support of the community. This year, Mama's Kitchen hopes to sell 5,000 pies and raise $100,000 to fund thousands of free, hot nutritious meals and help ensure that no one living with AIDS or other critical illnesses in the community will go hungry. Clients live in all regions of San Diego County: north to Oceanside and San Marcos, east to Alpine, south to Otay Mesa and Chula Vista as well as central San Diego and the beach communities. Mama's Kitchen has never turned away anyone who has qualified for its services and the net proceeds of this year's Mama's Pie In The Sky program, sponsored by Wells Fargo, Pepsi, Sycuan Resort & Casino, Hard Rock Hotel, Sea World, Sophie 103.7 FM, and The San Diego Business Journal will enable her to keep her promise.

Volunteers are the "engine" of this massive community initiative. Volunteers are are still needed from churches, businesses, community centers and families who can sell pies to co-workers and friends as well as staff the distribution sites. All volunteers will receive orientation training, materials, and support. To learn more or to volunteer for Mama's Pie in the Sky, please contact Mama's Kitchen at 619-233-6262 or visit the Mama's Kitchen web site.

About Mama's Kitchen
Mama's Kitchen was founded in 1990 when volunteers from the AIDS Assistance Fund, a food bank for people with AIDS, 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 food. In 2006, Mama's Kitchen expanded their mission to include delivery of hot meals to people with other critical illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Today, Mama's Kitchen provides three meals a day for every day of the week to over 300 men, women, and children affected by AIDS or other critical illnesses in San Diego County. For more information, visit the Mama's Kitchen web site.

PHOTO CAPTION: (L-R) Alberto Cortes, executive director, Mama's Kitchen, Rachelle Carvajal, co-chair, SeaWorld San Diego, and Scott Gardner, co-chair, Hospitality, Inc. are among many who are mobilized to sell 5,000 pies this year to raise $100,000 for the Mama's Pie in the Sky initiative for Mama's Kitchen. CREDIT: Melissa Jacobs. LOCALE: Corporate kitchen of TK & A Custom Catering/Hospitality Inc.

MAMA'S PIE IN THE SKY 2008
List of Public Pick-Up Sites (by geographic region).
Pick-Up Sites are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wed., Nov. 26, except for Mama's Kitchen which will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

Central San Diego
Downtown             
Mama's Kitchen         
1875 Second Avenue, 92101

Gaslamp Quarter        
Hard Rock Hotel
207 Fifth Avenue, 92101

Hillcrest            
First Unitarian Universalist Church        
4190 Front Street, 92103

Kearny Mesa    
TLC Staffing
8788 Balboa Avenue, 92123

La Jolla
Wells Fargo
7714 Girard Avenue, 92037

Mira Mesa
Wells Fargo
10788 Black Mountain Road, 92126

Mission Gorge
Wells Fargo
6531 Mission Gorge Road, 92120

North Park
Wells Fargo
3299 El Cajon Blvd., 92104

Pacific Beach            
Wells Fargo            
1302 Garnet Avenue, 92109

Point Loma
Devin Properties
3625 Midway Drive, Suite E, 92110

UTC/Golden Triangle     
Wells Fargo            
4315 La Jolla Village Drive, 92122

South San Diego
Bonita                
Wells Fargo            
4180 Bonita Road, 91920

Coronado            
Wells Fargo            
829 Orange Avenue, 92118

North County Coastal
Del Mar Highlands        
Wells Fargo            
3445 Del Mar Heights Road, 92130

Encinitas            
Wells Fargo            
276 N. El Camino Real, 92024

La Costa/Carlsbad        
Wells Fargo            
6961 El Camino Real, 92009

East County
El Cajon             
Borders Bookstore         
159 Fletcher Parkway, 92020

Grossmont Center         
Wells Fargo            
5500 Grossmont Ctr Dr, 91942

North County Inland
Escondido             
Wells Fargo            
145 N. Escondido Blvd., 92025

Poway                
Wells Fargo            
14815 Pomerado Road, 92064

Rancho Bernardo        
Wells Fargo            
16901 Bernardo Center Drive, 92128

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