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Treats for a cause

April 8, 2008 - Jane Mort
Pairing food with fund-raising is not a new idea. My son, Joe’s, former Boy Scout troop in Thompsontown was famous for chicken barbecues in the cold of January. During Lent every year, my church, St. Jude Catholic Church in Mifflintown, holds Friday night fish fries to help fund our new church. A glance at The Sentinel’s daily calendar of events reveals so many fund-raising meals that you could almost make them your sole source of food as long as you bought enough extra for leftovers now and then. Now, I see that two Pennsylvania food companies are getting into the act, promising to donate a portion of their profits to good causes. The Bachman Co., of Reading, is putting a new twist on its pretzels. Puzzle Pretzels, which are available online and at grocers throughout the Northeast, raise money for Autism Speaks, an autism awareness advocacy group. The pretzels are shaped like jigsaw puzzle pieces, the symbol of Autism Speaks. The shape represents the missing piece of the puzzle in the search for answers about autism. The company adopted the cause in part because its president, Scott Carpenter, has a daughter with autism. Bachman says it will donate 5 percent of the proceeds from sales of the pretzels to Autism Speaks. For more information, visit the Web site The Tasty Baking Co., headquartered in Philadelphia, is another company offering a food item to benefit a good cause. The makers of the Tastykake snack line, has reissued Alex’s Lemon Krimpets, benefitting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which is one of the nation’s leading organizations fighting childhood cancer. Named for Alexandra “Alex” Scott, who raised more than $1 million for cancer research through her front-yard lemonade stand before her death at the age of 8 in 2004, the organization continues Alex’s mission today. The cause touches home, as the Swartz family of Mifflintown, have set up Alex’s Lemonade Stands in the area in memory of one of their daughters, Jillian, who also died too young. The fund-raising Tastykakes are a lemon jelly filled variation of the legendary sponge cake. They may be purchased anywhere Tastykakes are sold, while supplies last, and nationwide via Tastykake says, in a press release delivered to my desk with a box of the treats, the company will donate 10 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the snacks to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Liz Scott, Alex’s mother, who also serves as vice president of development for the foundation, says: “Since Alex’s first lemonade stand in 2000, our foundation has raised more than $18 million to fund pediatric research at the nation’s most outstanding hospitals.” For more information, visit or And have a treat to benefit a good cause, or two.



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