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Katie's Krops: Teenager Katie Stagliano 'Grows It Forward' To Help the Hungry

When she was just 9 years old, Katie Stagliano planted a cabbage seed in a garden outside her house. She cared for it every day by watering it, weeding it and giving it plant food.  It grew to be HUGE! Forty pounds huge!

Katie wanted to do something special with this very unique cabbage.  With her mom’s help, she decided to donate it to a local soup kitchen to help feed the hungry in her community of Summerville, South Carolina.

When she arrived to make her donation, she saw a long line of people waiting for food. Then, Katie served her cabbage to the guest. As the many people thanked her, she knew she could and should do more to help.

With the help of her parents and school, Katie’s Krops was born! Katie’s Krops plants gardens to grow food that is donated to local soup kitchens to feed the hungry.

Katie’s dream is to end hunger around the world.  So, after she created several gardens in her community, she decided to do more.  She wanted to help other kids create gardens in their communities!

There are now over 100 Katie’s Krops gardens growing across the United States! All of the gardens are led by kids between the ages of 9 and 16. They have donated thousands and thousands of pounds of fresh produce to people in need!

Meet Katie and hear her inspiring story in the video below. Then, read on to learn what you can do to fight hunger in your community.

Additional Resources:

Topics for Discussion:

  • Why is Katie so passionate about hunger?  What inspired Katie to do something about hunger and take action?
  • What problem(s) are you passionate about?
  • What values does Katie exhibit?
  • What causes people to go hungry in the United States and around the world? What can we do to stop the problem in the long term?
  • Are there hungry people near you?  How might you help them?

Take Action:

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.
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