STANDISH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Far from a sign of elitism, the penchant of St. Joseph's College to cater to the upper crust is a sign of its generosity.

After all, a pie can't be its best without a good crust. And the pies were flying out of the ovens at the Standish campus by the hundreds on Sunday.

The pies made at St. Joseph's College on the weekend before Thanksgiving will go to Catherine's Cupboard Food Pantry to be distributed to families throughout the community

The bake-a-thon is a Thanksgiving tradition to make sure needy families in the area can enjoy a homemade dessert with their holiday feast. Once baked, the pies go to Catherine's Cupboard Food Pantry to be distributed throughout the community.

About 90 volunteers of all ages crowded into the kitchen of Pearson's Cafe at Mercy Hall. With that many hands at work, it only took them about two hours to make 250 apple pies.

The apples that went into the pies at the 2017 Thanksgiving bake-a-thon at St. Joseph's College were donated by local orchards

The sense of community spirit even extended to the apples which were donated to the program by Five Fields Farms in Bridgton, Meadow Brook Farm in Casco, Randall Orchards in Standish, Thompson's Orchards in New Gloucester and Hansel Orchards in North Yarmouth.

Two hours was all it took for about 90 volunteers to reach their goal of making 250 pies at the 2017 Thanksgiving bake-a-thon at St. Joseph's College in Standish