How One Girl Fed Thousands Thanks to an Unusually Large Cabbage

How One Girl Fed Thousands Thanks to an Unusually Large Cabbage

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This little girl became the founder of an organization that fed thousands thanks to a freakishly large 3rd grade project.

When 9-year-old Katie Stagliano was in elementary school, her teacher gave all the students an assignment to plant and grow a cabbage seedling.

Katie’s cabbage went on to become an unusually whopping 40-pound vegetable – so the Stagliano family decided to donate the greens to a nearby soup kitchen in Summerville, South Carolina.

Feeding 275 other people with her cabbage ignited a spark in the young student, and led her to create Katie’s Krops: an organization that encourages other kids in America to grow their own vegetables and feed thousands of hungry people nationwide.

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“It is the most incredible feeling to know that there are kids across the country who are as passionate as me about ending hunger,” Katie told the Good News Network. “Together as a family of growers, we are helping to grow a healthy end to hunger in our communities.”

The team of young gardeners have already served over 2,000 meals and donated thousands of pounds of produce across the US.

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“We want to expand Katie’s Krops to 500 gardens in all 50 states,” said the now-18-year-old gardener. “Currently, we are at 100 gardens in 31 states, but thanks to our incredible supporters at Sub-Zero, we are able to start 25 new Katie’s Krops gardens across the United States in 2017.”

The group is currently accepting applications from kids ages 9-16 who want to start a Katie’s Krops Garden in their community to help end hunger.

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Katie’s achievements don’t end at a garden’s marigold border, however: She and a team of volunteers host a monthly dinner that provides free garden-to-table meals to the community; she published Katie’s Cabbage in 2014, which won the 2015 Carol D. Reiser Children’s Book Award; and she has founded a yearly summer camp that teaches young gardeners growing techniques.

Though she’s off to college, she hopes to take Katie’s Crops internationally and wipe out hunger for good.

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