In the beginning.... there was a little pie shop on Main Street.
Back in the beginning, we were just a little pie shop on Main Street in Hastings, trying to bring our little bit of good to folks that needed it the most. Today, while much has changed, so much has remained the same. We still sell pies to bring about good, we still help people who fall through the cracks and we still do all that we can with the help of generous donors and volunteers who believe in what in our cause. The change is in our mission statement. As we have grown over the past 12 years we have narrowed our focus to one area that we feel needs our commitment the most and that is hungry senior citizens throughout all of St. Johns County. Caring for our seniors is perhaps the greatest responsibility we have. Those who walked before us have given so much and made possible the life we all enjoy today. As such, our new mission statement reflects the quote by Tia Walker, " To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors." Join us in our mission of caring for our senior neighbors in need. Help us, help them.
“I had an inheritance from my father, It was the moon and the sun. And though I roam all over the world, The spending of it’s never done.” - Ernest Hemingway, author No matter what kind of legacy your parents gave, it’s with you forever. It has a lot of power to shape you in positive ways.
Special thanks go to Southern Horticulture The Skinny Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizards Steve Marrazzo Sharon Arnold Roneela Shahzad Phyllis Wood Rosalie Cocci All of the fabulous local artists who donated their time and talent to create beautiful one-of-a-kind birdhouses All of the super great volunteers who worked so hard to create such a beautiful space And to all of you, who purchased birdhouses and pies and came out to support our event, as you always do. Thank you for helping us fight SENIOR HUNGER in St. Johns County.
Many thanks to our friends at United Way St Johns for helping us get fresh food to our seniors.
Thank you to our very special friends at Christ Episcopal Church, Serenata for their continued support throughout the years. Generous with their money and their time, they add so much to all that is Pie in the Sky. We are honored to have them as members in the Family of Pie.
We would like to give a SUPER BIG shout-out to all of the local businesses that donated items for the Rotary Raffle. The event was a huge success and we couldn't have done it without you. Thank you.
We're working hard to make Thanksgiving and Christmas a special time for the 435 seniors we serve. If you can help, a little or a lot, it would mean so much to all of us a Pie in the Sky and most especially to our seniors. Thank you for your support. Click on the First Coast News link to check out our story. Check out our story on First Coast News
Help make the holidays special
Like everyone else, we have had to adapt to a new world during this pandemic. But hunger doesn't stop and neither does the need for funding to bring food those in need. Pie supporter, Angie Fay Ullman came up with a brilliant idea and reached out to many of her friends, including Laura O'Neal, owner of ArtBox Gallery and together they put on a quite a show, highlighting peace and raising much needed funds for our Senior Produce Program. Check out this story to learn more and bid on one of these fabulous creations.
This year has been a year unequaled in modern history. The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed everything in our world and the losses have been devastating. As 2020 finally comes to a close, there is hope on the horizon and we must all cling to that glimmer of hope and hang on, with all that we have. It has never been more important for us to protect and support each other, especially those most vulnerable in our community: low-income, hungry senior citizens in our community. This special event is celebrating the power of Pie, which has served the disenfranchised, unseen and underserved folks in St. Johns County for the past eleven years. Pie and Peace(and Poinsettias) is an opportunity for you to utilize the power of pie to help us continue our work. Pre-order a pie, pecan, chocolate chunk pecan or apple and a poinsettia for $50 and pick them up at ArtBox on December 11. You can do a drive-by pick-up or you can come inside(social distancing will be in effect) and have a look at the fabulous peace poles and peace doves created by local artists. You can bid online and if you win, you can pick up your peace art along with your pie and Poinsettia. All proceeds will help Pie in the Sky Community Alliance deliver fresh produce to the homes of 435 low-income hungry senior citizens throughout St. Johns County. Celebrate the season with local folks doing good locally, in your neighborhood, in your community, in your own backyard. You can order your Pie and Poinsettia by clicking the button below.
We had a fabulous holiday season thanks to all of our wonderful and generous donors and volunteers. Our seniors were gifted with all sorts of wonderful gifts including handmade soaps and scarves, gift cards, coloring and puzzle books and loads of other special goodies donated by folks from all over the state and beyond. Program Manager, Phyllis had so many calls from our recipients saying how surprised and delighted they were to receive the special gifts. Volunteers also shared stories of their holidays visits that were filled with tears of joy and gratitude and lots and lots of hugs. We say it a lot, but we can't say it enough: Thank you to each and every one of you who helped to make 2019 a special year for us all. We really couldn't do it without you.
Warmest regards, Malea
We are happy to report that as of the week of July 8, 2020, Pie in the Sky will resume our regular routes, delivering fresh, healthy food to the homes of 440 in need seniors throughout our community. Granted, we have not been resting on our laurels these past couple of months. We have delivered beautiful homestyle, freshly prepared meals from some of the finest restaurants in town, including GAS Full Service Restaurant, Purple Olive, Fried Chicken Kitchen and Michaels Tasting Room. Thanks to a generous community, we were able to Pie it Forward and purchase these meals from our local businesses to help them during these trying times, while also delivering good food to all of our folks. Thank you to everyone who helped make this special event possible. The seniors were thrilled to enjoy a great hot meal and we had tons of calls expressing gratitude for everyone involved.
Dear Friends, Pie in the Sky is a program dedicated to serving the most vulnerable in our community, our senior neighbors in need. The health and safety of our seniors and our volunteers have always been our top priority. As concerns over the coronavirus (COVID-19) continue to grow, we will continue to monitor this situation closely in the days and weeks to come, and we will stay up-to-date with all Center for Disease Control (CDC), National Institute Health (NIH), and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, so as to keep our seniors and our Pie In the Sky community safe. Upon hearing Dr. Anthony Fauci, MD, NIAID, director of NIH, as he testified before a congressional committee yesterday, we realized the importance of his message on social distancing (reducing contact between people carrying the infection to others who are not infected). It was made clear that the ripple effect of our actions has a direct impact on the lives of everyone around us, and that we all have a responsibility in this crisis. We recognize the importance of our services, but during this time of concern we also are aware of our role in being responsible citizens of our community, not only for our seniors, but for our volunteers. After much thought and consideration, we have decided to take an active role in trying to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by temporarily suspending our senior produce operations for the remainder of March. We are notifying our senior clients of our decision, and thanks in part to our dedicated Family of Pie, we do have a plan in place to accommodate those seniors that may need special assistance. At the beginning of April, we will reevaluate. Our warehouse will be closed through the end of March, so we cannot accept donations of food. However, money is what we really need at this time. It will assist us in helping those seniors who may need special assistance. Please use the donate button below. Thank you for your continued trust and support of Pie in the Sky. We look forward to resuming our program as soon as it is safely possible. Please stay safe, stay informed, and know that we are all in this together, and together, as a community, we will get through it. Keeping you all close, Malea
On May 4, Pie in the Sky rolled out its response to the Covid-19 crisis. We partnered with locally owned restaurant, Gas Full Service to purchase 215 homestyle meals, which were delivered to our seniors along with a big bag of goodies from Hunger Fight and KeHE Distributors. Our goal was to help our locally owned restaurants who have helped us so much over the years and to ease back in to safe deliveries to our seniors in need.
Join us for a way-cool event, a Facebook Live Auction with renowned auctioneer Leonard Freeman and special guest, Christina (Vanna) Guiriba. We will be auctioning off the following GREAT baskets, perfect for gifts for loved ones or for yourself. They are overflowing with exotic goodies brought together in themed baskets lovingly created by the famous team of Rosalie of Phyllis. Please register to bid by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org any time between now and the event or sign up below. Bid on a basket-and help us FIGHT SENIOR HUNGER IN ST. JOHNS COUNTY.