Food, Health, Education, Environment
In 2008, Katie brought home a cabbage seedling from school as part of the Bonnie Plants 3rd Grade Cabbage Program. Caring for the seedling, Katie was able to grow it into a whopping 40 pound cabbage, which ultimately fed over 275 people at a local soup kitchen. In awe of the number of people who benefited from just one cabbage, Katie started "Katie's Krops" with the mission to start and maintain vegetable gardens and donate the harvest to feed people in need. Through Katie's Krops, Katie donates fresh produce to soup kitchens, food banks and to families directly. She also cooks and serves meals in her community, serving between 50 to 75 people, purchasing what she cannot grow using funds the organization has raised. Katie's Krops offers grants to other kids in the United States to start vegetable gardens of their own to feed those in need within their communities. The grant program is responsible for Katie's Krop gardens in 11 states, impacting over 5,000 people.