FYI: Do good and eat well for Thanksgiving

PHILADELPHIA - November 10, 2010

Every week, MANNA feeds about 1,000 people battling life-threatening illnesses, providing the sick with healthy, healing meals.

Volunteers do most of the work, but MANNA still has a $4M annual budget. And "Pie in the Sky" is their biggest fundraiser of the year.

"We're hoping to sell over 10,000 pies and cakes at over $25 a pop throughout the city and region," said Richard Keaveney, the CEO of MANNA.

This is the 14th annual "Pie in the Sky" and, this year, cakes have been added to the mix.

"We're doing a classic carrot cake, a chocolate fudge cake, a cherry topped cheesecake. We're doing a pumpkin pie, a pecan pie and we're baking apple pies," according to Robert Bennett, the Executive Chef at Classic Cake.

Classic Cake is creating all of the confections at its North Philadelphia bakery.

Executive Chef Robert Bennett used to run the kitchen at Le Bec Fin but a few years ago, succumbed to his sweet tooth, and turned to full time baking.

MANNA is accepting orders on the cakes and pies through next Thursday, November 19th at noon. The sweet treats will be baked, boxed and ready to eat just in time for Thanksgiving.

You can go to http://mannapies.org/ to order. There are 30 sites around the region where you can pick up your cakes and pies on the Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

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