Pie It Forward! - Buffalo City Mission

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“Pie-It-Forward” for the Turkey Express over the past Six Years


Two things we’d probably all agree that we must-have at a Thanksgiving meal, roasted turkey and a slice of sweet pie at the end. Every year, the Buffalo City Mission and hundreds of volunteers feed home-bound clients a hot, nutritious meal at Thanksgiving including all the trimmings through the Turkey Express.

For six years, volunteer Maureen Griffin Tomczak has been donating home-baked pies as a gift to complete the Mission’s Thanksgiving meal for the Turkey Express, calling it “Pie It Forward.” More than a fundraiser, Pie It Forward fosters community spirit and is a community-wide pie drive for home-bound people in need, including seniors.

It all began when Maureen was volunteering by taking phone reservations for the Turkey Express when she overheard the volunteer manager stating that they were short some pies. The first year she made and asked friends to donate 50 pies. The next year they did about 200 pies, and it went up every year. This year the goal was 500 pies, and they brought in nearly 900! That was enough for the Buffalo City Mission staff to feel assured they would have enough pies!

Schools also became involved, Nichols started the second year, and they still bake for Pie It Forward every year. The kids have fun and learn some essential kitchen basics. They also learn how sharing a yummy dessert with an impoverished or home-bound person is rewarding!

Other schools and businesses have joined in the effort throughout the years including, Buff Sem, Amherst High School, Niagara Frontier Orthopedic Supply, Northtown Lexus, and last year Artisan Kitchen and Bath baked in their showroom. Otherwise, it is friends of friends baking and donating pies, and even an anonymous donor who gave 200 pies!

We are so grateful for Maureen and this community for rallying around her to meet the needs of our impoverished neighbors.

Pie It Forward!

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