After Growing A 40-Pound Cabbage, Little Girl Devotes Her Life To Feeding The Hungry

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald is a writer, illustrator, and a Libra.

When Katie Stagliano was 9 years old, she was given a homework assignment to plant a cabbage.

The cabbage grew to be 40 pounds. It was an accomplishment in and of itself, but Katie had other plans.

“My dream was no hungry children,” Katie told NBC News. So she took the giant cabbage to a local soup kitchen.

Nearly 300 hungry patrons lined up to get a bite of the cabbage. Then Katie had another idea.

“I looked at the people in line and thought, ‘Wow. They’re just like my family.’ ” Katie said. “For all I knew they could be my family who’ve fallen on hard times.”

She thought that if one cabbage could feed hundreds of people, imagine how many a garden could feed.

It’s always positive to see young women doing great things, especially when so many of them feel limited by society’s expectations of them (as illustrated in Always’ recent “Like A Girl” campaign).

Now, at 14 years old, Katie has established Katie’s Krops. Not only does she provide fresh garden vegetables to the hungry in her community, she teaches other kids around the country how to do the same.

Katie’s Krops has raised over $200,000 to help kids ages 9-16 grow vegetable gardens for the hungry in their communities.

“I know hunger is too big for one person to take on. But you never know what one thing can grow,” she says.

See her inspiring story below and SHARE if you’re glad kids today are making big changes in the world!

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