A sweet deal, literally!

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Paczki, pronounced "poonch-kee," is homemade at Bashas' bakeries statewide. Ten percent of sales today will go to the Society of St. Vicent de Paul. (courtesy photo)
Paczki, pronounced “poonch-kee,” is homemade at Bashas’ bakeries statewide. Ten percent of sales today will go to the Society of St. Vicent de Paul. (courtesy photo)

Bashas’ Supermarkets is offering Catholics a chance to start their Lenten service opportunities while celebrating Mardi Gras. Every one of its more than 50 stores is donating 10 percent of all Paczki sales today to the Society of St. Vicnent de Paul.

Pronounced “Poonch-kee,” the Polish pastry is a Fat Tuesday tradition. Historically, families would use up all of the fat, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house prior to Lent since such items were forbidden during the penitential season. The result: a sweet doughnut!

The homemade treats come in glazed or sugared options and are filled with your choice of lemon, raspberry or custard. Glazed paczki with raisins are especially popular, according to a media alert. Check out our local news anchors enjoying them.

Then stop by any Bashas’ to get your own. Half a dozen sells for $2.99 with single paczki available for 75 cents. Proceeds will help families throughout Arizona served by St. Vicnent de Paul. Donor and volunteer support served some 10 million meals through St. Vincent de Paul’s dining rooms and food box outreach, according to its annual report released yesterday. Check out the myriad of other ways the agency feeds, clothes, houses and heals those struggling in our community to get through any given day.

Almost forgot!

Once you buy your pazcki, be sure to capture the first bite and use #PaczkiSelfie on your favorite social media channel.

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