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St. Paul bakery’s ‘Pie in the Sky’ program gives neighbors in need free pie

Eric Chaloux
Updated: March 31, 2020 06:23 PM
Created: March 31, 2020 02:42 PM

Hot Hands Pie & Biscuit launched a new program that helps them keep their doors open during the COVID-19 pandemic and also helps neighbors in need with a free slice of pie that has been pre-paid by other customers.

In the past week since the shop started the program there have been more than 300 slices pre-paid.

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"It's awesome,” said Tara Coleman, pastry chef and owner. “It makes me feel lucky to be a part of this community."

Coleman said she and a few customers kicked around ideas to bring in revenue and help neighbors in need which fueled the pre-pay slice program.

Customers can buy a slice of pie for $5 and allow a stranger in need to use it later when they stop at the shop.

"It's been pretty crazy a couple of people came up straight to the door… ‘I heard about pie in the sky and I want to help,'" Coleman said.

The shop opened in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood in St. Paul last summer.

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"We want to support this business but also support people in need," said Jim McKenzie, a frequent customer.

McKenzie, 80, a retiree in the neighborhood, has been telling others on the block about the program.

"I like being able to do something, we're all so frustrated with the new reality that has come over us," McKenzie said.

A bakery brings comfort, Coleman said. Now more than ever the community needs that feeling of support.


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