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Giving

17 May

One of the things that brings us most joy is: giving.

There’s just so much love in this world, and we truly believe that with the cooperation of every human being, we are able to solve world hunger and all other ailments in this world if we tried. We admire the organizations out there and all of the nonprofits and volunteers who devote countless hours, days and years to their specific cause to better OUR world. We love to help and do all that we can to give as much as possible.

We have definitely come a long way. Our parents migrated here from Viet Nam and struggled to make ends meet while raising four strong boys and we are not ashamed to say that we were once recipients of government assistance and the Alameda County Food Bank. One of the most cherished lesson that our mother taught us is to be humble and to always learn to give more than to receive.

This is something that has been ingrained in our mind from the time we were young, and continue to guide us to our future.

Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give sometimes by becoming more. – Anthony Robbins

This is a quote that brings us inspiration to be more so that we can help in a larger scale. With Peter‘s Kettle Corn, my brother, John, and I are able to grow our business and help strengthen our community and the individuals in them to grow independent and to learn that “where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Although we showcase a lot of our events and community festivals, what brings us most joy is when we do community fundraisers and donations to organizations we believe in. We have raised money for high school students who needed funds to participate in a Model United Nations competition, donated our product to the Alameda Relay for Life, donated to students at the SF College of the Arts to fund their art gallery, helped San Jose State University‘s many clubs and teams raise money for their various causes, raised funds for the St. Joachim‘s elementary school’s tuition assistance program and much more.

Below are only some of the many opportunities that we have been given the privilege to participate in:

The Alameda Education Foundation is one of the first organizations that we worked with. We devoted a whole summer season to raise funds alongside these wonderful members to raise money for underprivileged students who couldn’t afford school supplies.

San Leandro Crusaders invited us to come and participate in their homecoming event. We definitely enjoyed this event and loved seeing how happy they were about having us on their campus.

When we were younger, we used to be so excited when our mom came home from the food bank. We remember thinking that we were about to be in for a treat, thinking “finally, a delicious snack all my other friends eat… the good stuff!” We never imagined that we’d feel even more joy every time we drop off boxes of our kettle corn to the Alameda Food Bank.

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one. – Mother Teresa

These little boys dropped by our booth at the Laney Flea Market. They came to buy one bag to share, but because they were so sweet, we decided that they each deserved a bag of their own! Here they are smiling for the camera in our Peter’s Kettle Corn apron! We’re definitely excited to see them again soon.

We are always looking for fundraising and giving opportunities. Know of any organization that can use our help? Have a favorite organization that you work for? Let us know at fundraising@peterskettlecorn.com !

The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively. – Bob Marley

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Humble Becomings

19 Apr

It’s hard to believe how far we’ve come. We say it quite often, but we sincerely thank YOU for your on-going support!

Peter’s Kettle Corn has come such a long way and it’s been such an amazing journey thus far. We started with the humbling goal of sharing our passion for a classic treat we love but never expected for it to reach so many people. We are so lucky to be well received by all of you and are proud to say that we’ve reached a few accolades in thanks to you:

– #1 on Yelp in Oakland
– Top rated Treats to try in SF Bay Area on LivingSocial
– 540 “likes” on Facebook

We are quite proud of the momentum thus far and promise to continue doing what we’re doing in gratitude to YOU, our fans.

Growing up in the Bay Area, we’ve been lucky enough to be exposed to exotic food and flavors from all over the world. As we are truly grateful to be in the middle of culinary influences worldwide, we are also glad to be a part of the huge melting pot of diverse people and culture! At events across the Bay Area, we encounter so many different people from all walks to life. Where it be at a festival, food event, Off the Grid, or a fundraising event, it’s truly the highlight of our day when we see and hear your comments and feedback to our product. We listen carefully and are amazed by all of your suggestions!

We give you our humble gratitude along with a request that you always let us know your thoughts because we are indeed listening!