Katie's Krops: nurturing seedlings and a wish to end hunger
Katie's Krops is an incredible youth-led initiative empowering other young people across the United States to start and maintain vegetable gardens to provide fresh and nutritious food to people and families in need. The initiative was started by Katie Stagliano who grew a 40lb cabbage as part of a school project and helped to feed 275 people at a local soup kitchen with it. Her work has inspired young people across the country to start their own vegetable gardens and there are now over 100 gardens growing across the USA growing thousands and thousands of pounds of fresh produce for donation to local food shelters and community centres.
"Our ultimate goal is to end hunger, and I know that that is a huge and a massive problem, but I think that it really does start with small efforts and working together. Even though Katie’s Krops won’t be the thing to end hunger, we’re going to play a part and that’s something that is so amazing to think.”
Katie's #KindnessMattersfortheSDGs story:
"In Grade 4 I brought home a tiny cabbage seedling as part of a school project. I tended to this tiny seedling cabbage and I was amazed when it grew to an amazing 40 pounds! I knew it was a special cabbage so I decided to donate it to a soup kitchen where it helped to feed over 275 people.
Being able to put faces to the issue of hunger and seeing just who it affected made it really real to me and I just wanted to do more to help. I saw that these people are really just people like you and me who had fallen on hard times. Some were struggling with illness and were being forced to choose between medical treatment and putting food on the table. Others had lost their jobs. I met a family whose house had burned down. These were all things that were completely out of their control and had put them in a position where they had to choose between feeding their family and paying their bills. I remember going home that night and saying to my Mum, “I want to do more.” I thought if I can grow this one cabbage and help feed so many people, why can’t I grow a whole garden? So that’s what I did. I started a vegetable garden in my own backyard and began donating the produce that I grew.
I told my school what I was doing and they gave me a plot of land the size of a football field to start another garden. That's when my classmates got involved too. Then children from all across the country started to reach out to me saying they wanted to join in and help end hunger in their communities too. I decided then that I would help them achieve their dreams too so I started Katie’s Krops.
We want to help people get nutrition in their diets and live healthy lifestyles. I was told that it was so rare for a soup kitchen to get fresh vegetables which are so important for a healthy diet. Obesity is such a huge issue in my country, especially for those who are in need and can’t afford fresh produce or they live in a food desert where the only place they can get their food is from a convenience store that doesn’t sell fresh produce. The nearest grocery store might be an hour away and they may not have any way to get there.
Our ultimate goal is to end hunger, and I know that that is a huge and a massive problem, but I think that it really does start with small efforts and working together. Even though Katie’s Krops won’t be the thing to end hunger, we’re going to play a part and that’s something that is so amazing to think.”
Discover more about Katie's Krops by visiting the official website - https://katieskrops.com/