Meals on Wheels hosting 27th annual Easy as Pie fundraiser and calling for volunteers to help out

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Lubbock Meals on Wheels is in need of volunteers to help with several holiday fundraisers and events they have coming up this holiday season.

They will kick off their 27th annual Easy as Pie fundraiser at noon Friday, Nov. 9, with a celebrity pie eating contest at the United on 128th Street and Indiana Avenue. You can stop by any Lubbock Amigos, United Market Street, or United Supermarket and make your contribution of at least $5. In return, you will receive a coupon for a free Mrs. Smith’s pie.

Lubbock Meals on Wheels Assistant Director Mary Gerlach said they need at least 350 volunteers to help take donations and pass out coupons to help reach their goal of $70,000. All proceeds benefit Lubbock Meals on Wheels and will help people remain at home, well fed and independent as long as possible.

“Lubbock Meals on Wheels has been here since 1971, and we are not funded by the government and we’re not a United Way agency. We started out serving 29 people. Now, we serve over 800 because of the generosity of the Lubbock community. Now that we’re serving over 800 people, we have 56 routes, so that means that we need at least 56 people to come and pick up some meals and deliver them every day. We’re always looking for volunteers. It’s something great to do with your family,” Gerlach said.

Easy as Pie is the second-largest fundraiser for Lubbock Meals on Wheels, running Nov. 9-18 this year. Volunteers for Easy as Pie are needed for several locations, including:
United Supermarket at 12815 Indiana Ave. (128th & Indiana)
United Supermarket at 1701 50th St. (50th & Avenue Q)
United Supermarket at 2630 Parkway Drive
Amigos at 112 N. University Ave.

The coupons for free Mrs. Smith’s pies are redeemable at any Lubbock Amigos, United Market Street, or United Supermarket through December 7, 2018 (Note: The redemption deadline has changed this year). The pie flavors available include: pumpkin, sweet potato, very berry, Dutch apple, home style apple, peach, or cherry.

“This is a great opportunity for your club or civic organization to get some volunteer hours all while helping people remain at home, well fed, and independent,” Gerlach said. “It is also a great way for families to volunteer together.” 

There are a number of ways to get involved with Lubbock Meals on Wheels.

Local Meals on Wheels volunteers Rose and Frank Zamora said, “I think more people should do this, because you know it only takes an hour out of your time. Just one hour out of one day and you’ll get rewarded in so many ways. And, they really appreciate it. Our clients, they look forward to seeing us, and that makes us feel good, too.”

For more information and to schedule your volunteer shifts, call Brittainy Klemme at 806-792-7971. You can also learn more about other ways to lend a hand by visiting their website.

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