When Serious Eater maggiesara checked with a food pantry near her to see what they'd be serving the homeless on Turkey Day, she found little in the way of traditional Thanksgiving fare:
The usual Thursday breakfast [at the Central Synagogue soup kitchen] is beef stew, and when I asked, I was told that they were not going to be doing anything different for Thanksgiving. It saddened me to think that the Synagogue's guests were going to be left out of the national feast. I mean, stew is good, but it ain't Thanksgiving. So I've offered to make pie. It then occurred to me that some of the New Yorkers who read Serious Eats might like to get involved in the "Pie Project."
And so, after checking with the Synagogue's staff as to logistics, maggiesara put out the call in the Serious Eats Talk section in order to drum up some support from our New Yorkbased community members.
How to Help
If you'd like to join the Pie Project, well, I'll just quote maggiesara again:
1. The pantry specifically requested fruit pies because they will have to sit out overnight, and we don't want any issues with custard pies going bad. Fruit pies are also easier to cut.
2. Many of the pantry's clients work, so they stop off to get food in the morning and take it away to eat later in the day. It would be helpful to have some of the pies in the form of turnovers or pie pockets....
3. My mom ... has volunteered her apartment as Pie Central. The plan is to collect all pies at her place by about 2 p.m. THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING, at which point I'll pack them up and take them over to the pantry.
If you'd like to help, contact maggiesara at bookseller [at] nyc [dot] rr [dot] com
Start Your Own 'Pie Project'
Unfortunately, hunger and homelessness isn't confined to New York City, so I'd encourage all you Serious Eaters outside the NYC area to follow maggiesara's lead and create a Pie Project locally. As Serious Eater bobcatsteph3 says, your local Salvation Army or other such soup kitchen is probably in need of food and/or dessert donations. Just check with them, like maggiesara did, as to logistics.
And by all means, if you identify a program in need of pies, baked goods, or food, please feel free to start a Talk topic to alert others who might want to help.