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Food for Thought: Not all heroes wear capes

Food for Thought: Not all heroes wear capes

Second Harvest employee with boxes of vegetables

From Canadian Thanksgiving through to the end of the year, Red Cap Hot Sauce Co will be donating a meal to a person in need for each bottle sold of our locally famous Peppa Sauce, through a partnership with Second Harvest.

I remember a time during the holidays when I was a child.  I came downstairs to help my mom bring groceries up to our apartment.  I turned to her and said "well, we don't have much, but at least we have food."  And that was all we needed for the holidays - good food and family.  We want to help ensure others have the same.


Why Second Harvest?

Picture this: a bunch of food superheroes swooping in to save the day, rescuing perfectly good food that would otherwise go to waste. They work with grocery stores, restaurants, and food producers to collect surplus food and distribute it to local agencies. It's like a food rescue mission, and they're the heroes we need.

Second Harvest values community and the environment the same way we do.  We are active in our community, planning events that bring people together and assisting with others such as Orchard Community Picnic and Appleby Line Street Festival.  We strive to use local ingredients in our sauce whenever possible, reduce waste in our own production processes and encourage recycling of our glass bottles.

With our Trinidadian heritage, the values of respect for the environment and food are embedded.  We often joke that we can't waste anything, and that is how the steel pan was invented (making a beautiful re-use of oil drums).  Our mother knows how to make soup out of any scraps in the kitchen, and as kids we always had to clean our plate!  This partnership with Second Harvest is an awesome opportunity for us to give back to the community.


How Can You Help?

We're glad you asked! There are so many ways you can join us in supporting Second Harvest this holiday season.

First, you can buy a bottle of Peppa Sauce from our website or any of our retail partners.  For each bottle sold, we will make a donation helping to provide a meal to a person in need.

Second, you can donate directly to Second Harvest. Every little bit helps, and even a small donation can make a big difference. It's like being a food hero without even leaving your couch.

Third, you can volunteer. Second Harvest is always looking for helping hands to sort and pack food, or even assist with their fundraising events. It's a chance to give back to your community while having a blast. Plus, you might make some new friends along the way.

You can also do your part right at home, by following these tips to prevent and limit food waste. Finally, you can spread the word. Share the amazing work Second Harvest is doing on your social media channels. Tell your friends, family, and coworkers about this awesome charity. The more people who know, the more support they'll receive.


Thank you for helping us, help Second Harvest achieve their mission:

No waste. No hunger.

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