The African Peoples Education and Defense Fund (APEDF) is launching the 30th annual Uhuru Pies™ holiday sale fundraiser in the Tampa Bay area. All proceeds benefit projects of sustainable Black community economic development.
Uhuru Pies™ will offer three types of gourmet pies at various locations from November 19 to November 24. Uhuru Pies are baked fresh from scratch, with high-quality all natural ingredients including organic, transfat-free vegan pie shells. Costing from $8 to $15, the 9” deep dish pies are apple crumb, sweet potato, and pumpkin.
Families, church groups, student groups, volunteer organizations and individuals come together to bake and sell Uhuru Pies, taking a collective step forward in transforming the world. Pie sellers sign up at www.uhurupies.org with their “Pie Pledge” goals, schedule a pie tasting presentation at their home, workplace, church or organization, and organize other volunteers and businesses to support this delicious annual fundraiser.
Uhuru Pies will also be sold in Oakland, CA, where the tradition started in 1981. The goal for the
Uhuru Pies campaign in St. Petersburg is to sell at least 400 pies, with a national goal of 2900 pies
in November, 2010.
Each year the Uhuru Pies™ campaign supports African community development in African hands in cities in the U.S. and around the world, through the programs of APEDF. This year’s fundraiser is especially important for the future of African community development. The worldwide economic meltdown and high unemployment has led to an unprecedented loss of wealth and rising misery in countless working class communities, especially black communities.
This year APEDF is installing a commercial kitchen at the Uhuru House African community center.
The kitchen project will provide the community access to a professional facility to develop businesses and products in the vending and catering businesses. APEDF projects counter the failure of current economic institutions by building community-based self-sustaining institutions of economic self-reliance and empowerment.
APEDF’s social justice work and socially responsible business practices have been recognized by Green America, which has designated APEDF as a “Green Economy Ally.”
Every sector of the community in the Tampa Bay area is being called upon to play a role by selling, promoting, baking, or distributing Uhuru Pies:
• Corporations and businesses can sponsor the fundraiser through direct donations and promotional support. Uhuru Pies make great appreciation gifts for staff, vendors, and business partners.
• Farmers and growers and food distributors can donate quality, locally grown ingredients.
• Individuals can join other volunteers selling pies, setting their sales goals now. Volunteers can schedule a pie tasting and have an Uhuru Pies outreach organizer present to their groups. They can help coordinate a pie sales table in their area.
• Trained and aspiring bakers can coordinate other volunteers to bake perfect pies every time, or volunteer their facility and team to make delicious pies.
• Individuals with graphics skills or marketing expertise can build their portfolio promoting Uhuru Pies.
• More information is available on www.uhurupies.org. Volunteers can call 727-498-5210 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.