PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The anti-hunger group “Manna” is holding its annual fundraising event in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, as it works to provide meals for people in the region who are coping with life-threatening illnesses.

The theme is for this year’s “Pie in the Sky” event is “Buy a pie, Feed a family.”  And the pies are indeed delicious. This year Manna is serving up pumpkin, apple, and pecan, each for $25, plus its signature “Sky Pie,” made with caramel and walnuts on a rich creamy cheesecake, drizzled with even more caramel and chocolate. Those are $50, and include a chance to win a $1,000 gift card from US Airways.

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(Mayor Michael Nutter attends the Manna pie-tasting near 19th and Market Streets.)

Another option is to buy a pie for a Manna client’s family for their Thanksgiving dinner.

Manna’s goal is to raise $250,000 to help more than 1,000 neighbors get the meals they need this holiday season.

Pies can be ordered at the or web sites, and can be picked up at locations all over the region on the Tuesday or Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

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Manna CEO Richard Keaveney acknowledges that they are working on adding pickup sites, after longtime partners like Borders and TLA went out of business.

“It’s a bad economy,” he told KYW Newsradio.  “We’re even seeing it in pie sales.   So, we’re hoping that your listeners and longtime donors step up to the plate.”

The deadline for all orders is Friday, November 18th.

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060


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