Owners of downtown restaurant Fork & Pie Bar have partnered with the Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition to raise money for the organization's mission.
"Last year, our funds ran out in late June," Betsy McCright with the coalition said. "Our hope this year is to raise enough money to bring us through [next] Thanksgiving."
Leaders with the coalition want to raise $100,000, and, as of Monday, they were about $6,000 from that goal. And every amount helps, she said.
In addition to raising money through businesses, funds to support the homeless coalition come from registrations for the Thanksgiving morning Grateful Gobbler Walk.
Leaders with Fork & Pie Bar wanted to help support the mission, so they created a special pie called the Grateful Gobbler. A portion of the sales from the pie go to the coalition, Fork & Pie Bar owner Michael Robinson said in a prepared statement.
The business' Grateful Gobbler pie is Thanksgiving dinner stuffed into a pie—roasted turkey, homemade stuffing, mashed potatoes, turkey gravy and housemade cranberry sauce on top, Robinson said.
Anyone interested in walking in the Grateful Gobbler can still register Wednesday at Walker Pavilion at Coolidge Park between 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. or between 6:30 and 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving.
Donations are welcome, leaders said.
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The Grateful Gobbler walk began in 1998 as part of Homeless Awareness Week, according to the coalition's website.
The idea is that Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful and recognize that some others are less fortunate.
In 2000, 10 congregations from a variety of faith backgrounds joined with the coalition in the first Thanksgiving Day Grateful Gobbler Walk, according to the website.
In addition to donating a portion of pie proceeds, Fork & Pie Bar leaders sponsored a pie-eating contest at the Chattanooga Market last week.
McCright said that event helped raise awareness about the Thanksgiving Day event.
The money raised for the organization goes into what leaders call "the gobble fund."
Throughout the year, nonprofit organizations can apply for part of those funds to put toward getting area residents housing, McCright also said.
Robinson said he and his team love the community, so the more they can give back to it, the better.
Restaurant leaders will continue donating some proceeds on pies sold through Thanksgiving.
"We also feel people like to know that their dollars being spent are helping serve a higher cause than just a restaurant paying its bills," he said.