This year, Berlin Baptist Church in Marne baked up 407 pies for Mel Trotter Ministries' Thanksgiving dinner.
MARNE, Mich. (WZZM) - Some people say the pie is just as important as the Thanksgiving turkey.
"What's a meal without pie?" asks Catherine Callender.
That's why Callender and others who attend Berlin Baptist Church in Marne take their job so seriously. For more than 30 years, they have donated hundreds of pies to the Thanksgiving meal at Mel Trotter Ministries in Grand Rapids.
"We know someone is going to have something they otherwise wouldn't have," explains church member Doris Schuiling.
This year, Mel Trotter told the church they would need 250 pies to serve the nearly 2,000 guests they expect for Thanksgiving dinner. The volunteers at the church exceeded the goal and baked over 400 pies; nearly twice as many as last year.
"That's crazy!" Pastor Jeff Gunderman exclaimed at the church's Thanksgiving Eve soup supper. "I know you've been working yourselves to meet the need," he told the crowd.
"It's our privilege to make the pies," says Callender. "We know there are less fortunate and needy [people] out there. It's the least we can do. It's Thanksgiving!"
Most of the Berlin Baptist bakers are church ladies, but teenage boys and girls in the church's youth group made 145 pies to donate to the cause this year.
Every year, Mel Trotter Ministries uses donated food to serve a Thanksgiving meal to hungry and homeless diners in downtown Grand Rapids.