The Sigel Sauce Story
Sigel Sauce is a philanthropic, household hot sauce business run by Danny and Corrin Burke. Looking to improve the community around them, Danny and Corrin not only donate every penny raised from selling hot sauce, but they volunteer their time weekly with Philly Food Rescue. The following piece is a conversation with Danny Burke about Sigel Sauce, its communal goals and purpose, as well as their connection to Philly Food Rescue.
It all started when Danny and Corrin had extra food from their rooftop garden and decided to make the most of it. The original idea was to make their own hot sauce from the leftovers and gave it away to friends. They did this for free and encouraged people to make their own donations to local nonprofits. However, after they gave away their first batch, they knew this was going to be more than a one-time thing. People loved the hot sauce and wanted more, so they decided to create a system where they would donate all the proceeds from a given batch to a local nonprofit. The first nonprofit they chose was Philly Food Rescue.
Since its inception, Danny and Corrin have given out over one hundred bottles of hot sauce to an expanding network of friends, family, and neighbors, and have raised over $1,000 for local nonprofits. When asking Danny about their motivations behind this, he has this to say:
“It’s all about the beauty of food and how food can connect people in a way that other vehicles can’t. Especially during pandemic times, I think that lack of human interaction and bringing people together for one common cause is difficult. This is a way for [us] to connect with the neighborhood around us and give them a creation from our home to theirs.”
Using the hot sauce to make connections was their goal, and they have far exceeded their expectations.
Danny wanted to make an impact within his community, and there was no better way for him to do it than through food. He and Corrin heard about Philly Food Rescue in an article about safe ways to volunteer during the COVID-19 pandemic. They decided to follow through because, in Danny’s words:
“It was very low barrier to entry, so it was easy for us to sign up on the app…all of the information we needed to get ready to go was on that app, so we just needed a car and took it from there.”
Since they downloaded the app in March of 2020, they have completed over 80 rescues, including a weekly rescue to the Philadelphia Housing Authority where they have become quite close with the residents. Danny spoke to just how impactful the volunteering experience is:
“Being able to connect with miss Leona and the ladies we deliver to every Saturday and getting to know them as much as we can…Just to have those people as part of our lives now and that community is what we look forward to the most about Philly Food Rescue.”
We are so proud to help Danny and Corrin make human connections during a contactless time, and we are incredibly thankful for the work that all our volunteers, nonprofit partners, and food donors do to make Philly Food Rescue a possibility. To end our conversation, we asked Danny if he had anything to say to others considering volunteering with Philly food Rescue. He had this:
“I think the main message is to get out of your comfort zone. I think with Philly Food Rescue, you are probably taking food from a neighborhood that you are familiar with and taking it to a neighborhood that you’re not familiar with…recognize why those are the cases and why some neighborhoods have access to certain resources or not. Putting yourself out of your comfort zone and going into a neighborhood and getting to know a neighborhood is how we get to understand and be more empathetic towards other people and other situations.”