Don't you just love hearing about kids who are making a difference? A couple of weeks ago, we ran across 9-year-old Hannah knitting Hats for Hunger, and just the other day I stumbled upon the story of Katie Stagliano, a South Carolina girl who's been growing veggies to feed the homeless in her area since third grade.
In May, Walt Disney World Resort honored Katie with a VIP Tour of The Land at Epcot. For folks unfamiliar with The Land, it's an educational ride that talks about agriculture and was probably my favorite thing at Epcot when I was little. While touring The Land, the Disney folks also interviewed Katie about what she was doing:
When she was still in third grade, Katie also wrote a proposal on how her school could conserve water. An environmental studies teacher at the local high school got wind of what Katie was up to, and they teamed up on a water conservation project. Among Katie's suggestions that they implemented? Rain barrels for collecting water!
Since starting her project, Katie's Krops, she's produced more veggies every year. Her gardens have already produced over 2 tons of vegetables to feed hungry families. Katie does weekly vegetable deliveries to families in need as well as donating to soup kitchens.
Now, she's looking to expand Katie's Krops to other areas. She's going to be offering grants for kids between ages 9 and 16 in other states that want to start vegetable gardens for the needy. Check out Katie's Krops for more info on how to apply.
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Photo via Katie's Krops. Used with permission.