Pies from Vanille Patisserie.

ENGLEWOOD — Vanille Patisserie and I Grow Chicago are using a sweet treat to spread extra holiday joy.

People who stop by Vanille, a Lincoln Park bakery at 2108 N. Clark St., can sponsor a pie for an Englewood family. For every 10 pies sold, Vanille will donate one pie to a family in I Grow Chicago’s service area. Customers also have the option of sponsoring a pie anytime at discounted rates: two pies for $40, four pies for $75 or six pies for $100.

Patrons can choose from traditional, seasonal and French gourmet varieties, including pumpkin with cinnamon whipped cream, apple streusel, pecan, apricot and cranberry walnut streusel and Nutella French silk. Pies cost $24.95-$32.95.

To buy or sponsor a pie online, go to Vanille’s site.

“It’s something we need to remind ourselves now more than ever: Be present, find the good in our day and enjoy a taste of something delicious while we can,” said bakery owner Sophie Evanoff.

With the annual Feast With Friends Thanksgiving dinner unlikely to happen this year, I Grow Chicago aims to give away 250 pies so “everyone can eat good food with the people they love most,” said Director of Development Zelda Mayer.

I Grow Chicago is a non-profit focused on helping people in Englewood and building up the community.

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