Maybe you have driven through Summerville on Central or East Carolina Avenue and come across a sign for a free meal from Katie’s Krops. If you have, you have just come upon the site for the freshly prepared meal distribution for one of our local Nonprofit Organizations.
Katie’s Krops was never even a thought until back in 2008, a 9 year old girl named Katie Stagliano brought home a cabbage seedling as part of her school growing program. But how could one little seedling end up leading Katie to form Katie’s Krops with multiple growers nationwide?
One 40 pound cabbage.
A 40 pound cabbage was the catalyst for what would soon become Katie’s passion and calling in life. To bring people together by feeding them. She donated the cabbage to a soup kitchen and in turn, that one cabbage fed 275 people! One girl, one seedling, and a lot of people not going hungry.
The mission of Katie’s Krops “is to empower youth to start and maintain vegetable gardens of all sizes and donate the harvest to help feed people in need, as well as to assist and inspire others to do the same.” Since that time, Katie and her organization have been covered by local and national news, won many awards, and been blessed by countless volunteers who help further the mission.
Last year during the pandemic, Katie’s Krops stepped into action, knowing there was an even greater need for meals. The organization served over 17,500 individual meals to people in the community. 2021 looks to be an even bigger year. This year she will have a record 75 growers between the ages of 7 and 16. The growers will donate their harvest to their local communities. Katie’s Krops is also building an outdoor education classroom at their Flagship Garden in Summerville. Children and families will be able to learn all about its mission, gardening, nutrition, and serving others.
If you know of anyone who is in need of a fresh meal, please share with them about Katie’s Krops. The next meal distribution will be once again at Summerville Baptist Church at 417 Central Avenue in Summerville on Feburary 4th. Dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:00 pm, or until all meals have been distributed. The meal for the 4th is barbeque chicken over cheese grits, with a salad, homemade cheese biscuits, and homemade desserts. All meals are served in to-go containers. To find our more about Katie’s Krops or to get involved, please visit www.katieskrops.org.
Congratulations to Katie’s Krops on being Life in Summerville’s Local Nonprofit Spotlight of the month! We are so blessed by what you do for our community.