Way back in 2008, little Katie Stagliano grew a cabbage in her family’s yard in Summerville, South Carolina. And when it grew to an impressive 40 pounds, she donated it to a local homeless shelter, where it helped feed 275 people. The then fourth-grader decided she could do more to help feed more people and she’s really kept her word.
Now Katie is 18 and a high school senior and she created the nonprofit “Katies Krops,” which has grown and donated 22,000 pounds of produce to soup kitchens, food pantries, and families in need. Their group has also given grants to kids in 33 states to create 100 Katie’s Krops gardens, which have grown and donated 53,000 pounds of produce in their communities!
Katie will be attending nearby College of Charleston so she can still be hands on with Katie’s Krops. “When I first started with my cabbage, I never would have imagined any of this could have happened,” says Katie. “It is crazy to think how everything has fallen into place because of one cabbage.”