Spicy Pretzel money donated to charity1/8/09

Jan. 8, 2009

Williston eighth-grade student and snack food entrepreneur Alec Distler donated $500 to the Burlington Emergency Homeless Shelter last month. Distler, who created Alec’s Spicy Pretzels Company last summer, agreed to give 10 percent of his company’s profits to charity.

The Burlington Emergency Shelter is located on North Street and helps Burlington’s homeless community obtain food and shelter during difficult times. Jim Guiel, executive director for the shelter, said Distler’s donation was a generous one.

Alec’s Spicy Pretzel’s have become a snack hit in Williston, at Champlain Valley Union High School and in other surrounding communities. The company is also part of Distler’s eighth-grade challenge at Williston Central School.

— Tim Simard, Observer staff