Operation Food Search Teams with River City Casino & Hotel to Launch PIE-lot Program “Operation PhilanthroPIE” on October 24 – Food Day!

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Operation Food Search is launching a new fundraising initiative, Operation PhilanthroPIE, taking orders for home-style pies for Thanksgiving.  The proceeds from each pie sale will help Operation Food Search provide a feast for a family of four this Thanksgiving season. Pie

Pumpkin, Apple and Pecan Pies baked by River City Casino & Hotel’s Executive Chef John Johnson will be available for purchase online at www.OperationFoodSearch.org beginning Thursday, October 24 through Thursday, November 14, 2013.  Pies will be available for pick up at from
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, the day before Thanksgiving, at Operation Food Search headquarters in University City.  The deadline to order pies is Thursday, November 14.  To order a pie or to make a donation, please visit OperationFoodSearch.org, or call (314) 726-5355.

River City Casino & Hotel is the Official Pie Partner of Operation PhilanthroPIE.  River City Casino & Hotel’s Executive Chef and Operation PhilanthroPIE’s Official ‘Pie’d Piper’ John Johnson will bake the pies with assistance from his award winning culinary team at River City Casino & Hotel.  Pumpkin and Apple pies are $20 each, and Pecan pies are $25.

On Wednesday, November 27, pie purchasers may pick up their pies from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at:

  • Operation Food Search Headquarters, 6282 Olive in University City

In addition, pie purchasers may choose to pick up their pies at the following locations:

  • Lewy Nine’s Restaurant at River City Casino & Hotel, 777 River City Casino Blvd.
    in South County
  • Des Peres City Hall in Des Peres Park, 12325 Manchester Road in West County

Operation Food Search selected October 24 to launch the program as part of Food Day, a nationwide celebration and movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food.  “This is our contribution to the movement,” said Operation Food Search Executive Director Sunny Schaefer.  “Proceeds from each pie sale will provide a Thanksgiving feast for a local family in need.  Healthy food and access to food is in alignment with our mission:  Nourish and educate our neighbors in need to heal the hurt of hunger.

“Selling pies for Thanksgiving just made sense,” added Schaefer.  “We are entering a time where many people count their blessings and want to give back.  Whether one prides themselves on making a great pie, or is bringing a pie as a Thanksgiving guest, or is purchasing a pie to donate back to one of our pantries, there can never be too much dessert at Thanksgiving!  And the best outcome is that each pie sale will provide a family with a Thanksgiving meal.  This will hit a chord with many people.”

“River City Casino & Hotel is proud to be Operation PhilanthroPIE’s Official Pie Partner,” said Tony Drane, Pinnacle Entertainment’s Corporate Director, Strategic Sourcing and Operation PhilanthroPIE committee member.  “Our goal is to help Operation Food Search sell 1,100 pies and raise $25,000, which will feed many, many families in need on Thanksgiving.”

Operation Food Search has partnered with Edward Jones, Peabody and St. Louis Rams to sell pies to employees within their respective companies.  A volunteer “Workplace Giving Coordinator” assigned at each company will take pie orders from fellow employees.  That company also becomes a pick up site so employees can easily order and pick up pies at their place of work.  These pie purchasers may also elect to pick up their pie at a public site if that is more convenient.  Public pie pick up sites are Operation Food Search headquarters in University City, Lewy Nines Restaurant at River City Casino & Hotel in South County, and Des Peres City Hall in West County.

“For our inaugural pie program, we presented Operation PhilanthroPIE as a ‘professional grooming tool,’ to a few close corporate partners,” said Operation Food Search Director of Development Karen Klaus.  “These partners have the option to assign the project to an “up and comer” within their company to make it their ‘project’.  It’s a great way to develop skills and helps a company gauge leadership potential.  The Workplace Coordinator is responsible for organizing and implementing the project at their business and may elect to put together a team to assist in selling, being as creative as they like during the process.  The pie’s the limit!”

In the St. Louis region, one in every seven individuals is at risk for hunger and food insecurity.  Net proceeds from Operation PhilanthroPIE will help Operation Food Search supply nutritious meals to individuals and families who struggle with poverty and hunger.

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