By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, the folks from Manna, the Philadelphia-based anti-hunger organization, were out in full force with their annual “Pie-in-the-Sky” fundraiser.

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Today, at the Bellevue, at Broad and Walnut Streets, former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell helped kick off “Tasting Week.”

“They have something called the Sky Pie, which is a cheesecake with chocolate stripes — it’s out of this world,” Rendell said after a ceremonial tasting.  “And their pecan pie is as good as any I’ve ever tasted.”

Those passing by were also invited to taste for themselves.

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Manna executive director Sue Daugherty says the six-week bake sale raises about a quarter-million dollars for the nonprofit organization.

“Every month we’re serving 65,000 meals to over 750 individuals battling life-threatening illnesses, all here in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties,” she noted.

The last day to order a pie is the Friday before Thanksgiving.

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