Eat Free Pie is an initiative of Des Moines residents to bake and deliver homemade pies to our neighbors in Beaverdale on Thanksgiving Day.Get Involved
Each year, we call on volunteer bakers and drivers to help us collect and deliver homemade pies on Thanksgiving Day to our neighbors, friends and family in Beaverdale. We started this project last year (at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic) with the intention of bringing the community together, even as we remained physically separated from our loved ones over the holidays.
Our goal is simple: to remind one another that none of us are truly alone on Thanksgiving Day.
Dust off that apron and roll up your sleeves for a good cause. Bake and donate a homemade pie, and we'll deliver it to a family or individual in Beaverdale who could use a little cheering up this holiday season.
You do not have to bake a pie to become a part of our mission. A small donation will support a local baker who will lovingly craft a pie in your name, to be delivered on Thanksgiving Day to an individual or family in Beaverdale.
Calling all volunteer delivery drivers! Do you have an hour to spare on Thanksgiving Day to help us ensure this precious cargo meets its intended recipients? Bring the whole family, but leave room for pies in the back!
"What should people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.” – Kurt Vonnegut
Anyone in Beaverdale qualifies, all are welcome.Claim a Free Pie
“I THANK YOU and your whole crew. We are very happy with the pumpkin pie; especially my son. Way more than that, we are happy with your generous and neighborly gesture.” -Debra
“This was such an amazing act of kindness during an extremely hard time for me and my family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
“Thank you so so much! In such a confusing, uncertain time it is so comforting to know we live in such a wonderful community. We are new to Iowa and don’t have family so this really made our day. Thanks again.” -Kate
“Thank you so very much! We also are unable to spend time with our family this year. Your note really touched our heart. Thank you!!!!!” -Kim
“Thank you! Our cherry pie is gorgeous, and thankfully we got to it before the cat did, lol. Wishing you and all the volunteers a wonderful holiday!” – Kathleen, Ann, Willy the Cat and Emmie the Cat
Hello there! I'm Kaylee and that's my big sister, Clair. We're Iowa natives, currently living and working in Des Moines. Also, we love pie.
Clair and I launched Eat Free Pie in Beaverdale in the fall of 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic forced so many of us to spend the holidays isolated from our loved ones. We hoped that a special delivery of homemade pie could bring a little cheer to our neighbors and friends who would be alone on Thanksgiving Day.
That first year was a beautiful, enriching and empowering experience. We were overwhelmed by the response from our community. Volunteer delivery drivers from all over Des Moines dropped off nearly 40 pies to Beaverdale residents on Thanksgiving Day - and when we were asked if this project would continue, we both knew the answer.
This year, we are proudly supported by the Beaverdale Fall Festival and the Better Business Bureau. We will be expanding into more neighborhoods in 2023. If you'd like to be a part of our organizing committee next year, please contact us. We would love to hear from you!
Thank you for your kind support, and happy holidays!
Kaylee and Clair
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