- October 16, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 15, 2020
9,000 Pies to Help Neighbors in Need, with Whole Foods Market As Exclusive Presenting Sponsor of Slice of Life
Food & Friends’ annual pie sale Slice of Life is a local tradition delivering meals and hope neighbors with life-challenging illnesses
Washington, DC (October 15, 2020) – Food & Friends’ annual community-based fundraiser, Slice of Life, is underway with the goal of selling 9,000 Thanksgiving pies to provide nearly 30,000 meals for neighbors in need. Now in its 14th year, Slice of Life has become a tradition in the Washington region as a simple and delicious way for members of the public to support Food & Friends’ large-scale effort to deliver nutritious meals to those in the community living with serious illnesses. Each pie purchased through Slice of Life provides one full day of meals for a Food & Friends client—adults and children battling cancer, HIV/AIDS, or other critical illnesses.
“This has been a challenging year for all of us. COVID-19 has made living with a serious illness or health condition even more difficult. Simply by purchasing a Thanksgiving pie – something many of us already plan to do this season – you can make the days a little easier and the holidays a little warmer for our neighbors who need it the most,” said Carrie Stoltzfus, Executive Director of Food & Friends. “We are thrilled to have Whole Foods Market as our Exclusive Presenting Sponsor. We invite everyone who calls the D.C. area their home to join us in supporting our neighbors affected by life-challenging illnesses.”
“Partnering with Food & Friends to support the important work they do in our community speaks to Whole Foods Market’s mission to nourish people and the planet and to care for our communities. We are passionate about and proud to support Slice of Life this holiday season,“ Michelle Payne, Vice President of Whole Foods Market Mid-Atlantic Region.
Pies may be purchased directly from Food & Friends or through corporate or individual pie sellers. Pie sellers and pie teams take a lead role in spreading the word about Slice of Life and helping to sell holiday pies by reaching out to family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Visit www.foodandfriends.org/pie to find a directory of pie sellers, to sign up as a seller or to purchase online. Pie sales close on Thursday, November 19th, 2020.
Whisked!, recently voted by the D.C. City Paper Reader’s Poll as the Best Baker and Best Pie, is partnering with Food & Friends for the first time this year to bake the pies. Pies are available in five delicious flavors: Apple Crumble, Classic Pumpkin, Sweet Potato, Nutty Pecan and a Sea Salt Chocolate Chess Pie. Pie prices range from $28-$45, and the Sea Salt Chocolate Chess Pie includes an entry to win $500 in gift cards to a selection of regional restaurants.
All pies are 9″ rounds and packaged in a sturdy, gift-quality box. Pre-purchased pies can be picked up on Tuesday, November 24th at convenient locations throughout the D.C. metro region, including partners &Pizza and Marriott International. Purchasers also have the opportunity to buy a pie for a Food & Friends client, to be delivered by volunteers on Thanksgiving Day along with a full turkey dinner.
Community members throughout the area who face remarkable challenges depend on Food & Friends for their meals, six days a week. Food & Friends’ staff and volunteers will deliver more than 1.2 million meals this year. Place an order at www.foodandfriends.org/pie or call (202) 269-6826 to help Food & Friends bring holiday cheer to those who need it the most.
ABOUT FOOD & FRIENDS: Established in 1988, Food & Friends is a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. that provides nutritionally tailored, home-delivered meals to people facing a life-challenging health crisis. We believe that food heals and each year we prepare and deliver more than 1 million meals across 5,300 square miles to our neighbors – at no charge. We help our clients feel better, connect them to their community and empower them to manage their illnesses. Thousands of volunteers—neighbors helping neighbors—touch more than 4,000 lives annually. At Food & Friends, we are driven by a simple premise: anyone can get sick and everyone can help.
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