No Shave November ~ Cast Your Vote

We are so excited that the Summerville Police Department is supporting Katie’s Krops during No Shave November!

Check out the photo below, then vote for who you think will grow the best beard by venmoing @KatiesKrops (and make sure to note who you are voting for!).

Then, come out to Summerville Dream‘s Third Thursday, November 17th, between 5:30-8 to see who grew the best beard!

We love our friends at the Summerville Police Department and can’t wait to see who wins. Make sure to get your votes in.

Where Are They Now ~ Megan, Florida

Do you ever hear about someone else’s schedule and get tired? Then, sit back and relax because you might be exhausted when you listen to what Katie’s Krops alumna Megan Godwin is doing now.

When last we left her (Megan ~ Florida – Welcome to Katie’s Krops ! (katieskrops.com), Megan was growing a garden in Florida where she was (and still is) attending Stetson University AND had gone to Kenya to start a garden that is still thriving and producing healthy fruits and vegetables. Megan, currently a senior, had a heart for service then and still does. She majors in Health Science with a double minor in Public Health and Sustainable Food Systems. She is taking 18 credit hours spread across five classes to lighten the load for her next and last semester. That’s not too bad, but she’s also interning 15 hours a week at the Florida Department of Health (DOH), working 10 hours a week at Chik-Fil-A, and working 30 hours a week as the Student Ministry Coordinator at her church. So yes, that’s 18 credits and 55 hours of work every week. Whew…

Megan cares passionately about helping people eat healthier, especially children. Her focus is community health work to help solve problems and meet challenges for low-income people. To that end, her internship is focused on two programs, Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE-EH) and Healthy Environment for Reducing Obesity (HEROs) in kids.

With one of her professors, Robert Maglievaz, as the director of Environmental Health for Volusia County at the Department of Health and her years with Katie’s Krops growing and distributing healthy food, PACE-EH is a natural fit. A primary goal of the program is to have food pantries provide not just food but nutritious food such as fresh produce and packaged items with less sugar and lower sodium.

Her work on HEROs is centered on helping daycare centers achieve HEROs status. In conjunction with Go NAPSACC, a group of consultants based in North Carolina, Megan is involved in guiding early learning centers to meet the nutritional standards set by the consultant group. These include providing healthy, not just quick, meals and serving fruit, not cake, to celebrate a child’s birthday. In addition, there are many benchmarks in various areas, from oral health to limited screen time, that centers must meet to be accredited. It is usually a long process, but committed centers can do it.

Another NAPSACC area of focus is gardening. Megan is helping multiple learning centers in Volusia County apply to become Katie’s Krops Growers to develop their gardens where the teachers and students from 2 to 5 years old will be actively involved in tending and growing the food they can eat at the centers.

Once she graduates, Megan will be moving to Norfolk, Virginia, where her fiancé, Travis, is currently stationed with the navy. Once his ship returns from deployment, they will be married in a small ceremony that they can quickly plan based on his leave once it is approved. In the meantime, she is tired but happy and enjoying what she does. Katie’s Krops wishes her all the best in everything!

December Katie’s Krops Dinners

We will host two Katie’s Krops Dinners in December on Thursday, December 1st and Thursday, December 15th. Our free garden-to-table dinners are held at Summerville Baptist Church at 417 Central Avenue in Summerville. Drive-thru dinner service will start at 4:30 pm and will end at 6 pm, or when all meals have been distributed, whichever comes first.

If you reside in Summerville and do not have transportation or are unable to attend for medical reasons, please email Delivery@KatiesKrops.com, and we will make every effort to deliver meals to you. Please include your full name, address, phone number, and the number of meals you need. All requests must be directed to this email address (we cannot honor requests sent via social media and social media messages). It is important to note we cannot accommodate day-of requests. You must request delivery at least two days before each dinner. Our dinners run on volunteer power and a great deal of planning. Thank you for submitting your requests early.

Ari ~ South Carolina

For Ariane “Ari” Denson, an 8-year-old third grader at Belvedere Elementary School in North Augusta, South Carolina, it all began with a squash seed. As part of a Sunday school lesson on the mustard seed in 2021, she and her classmates were given squash seeds to take home and grow. Katie’s Krops was mentioned during the lesson, and voila, a new gardener was born.

Ari applied to become a Katie’s Krops Grower, and she grew her first garden this year in her maternal grandparents’ backyard 15 minutes away in Aiken. Her first tutor in growing was grandma, but grandpa just couldn’t sit by and stepped in to help Ari grow over 50 pounds of tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, squash, pineapple, and herbs such as thyme, parsley, and sage this year. That total will likely go up since they have now started a fall garden with cabbage and collard greens. This productive haul was grown in just 20 square feet of raised bed gardens and some pots.

She has learned much from her grandparents, who have taught her how to grow plants from seeds and start composting for next year. Her great-grandmother is now 94 and bedridden but has also provided garden tips based on her experience, such as you should cut produce when picking it, not pulling it. In return, great grandma was rewarded with the first item harvested, a cucumber.

Ari has learned a lot this year, including that tomatoes don’t always thrive in the heat of a South Carolina summer, as well as which bugs are good and which are harmful. Another lesson learned, at this point, her 5-year-old brother, Jeffrey, will not be a good assistant in growing because he’s afraid of bugs. They make him cry before he runs away.

Ari really enjoys spending time with grandpa and getting closer to him as they help each other in the garden and with plans for next years, such as growing more in the sun rather than in partial shade. With 10 acres of land available, they should be able to find a suitable spot so they can grow even more. Together they distribute the food grown to the retired friends of the family so they can have healthier diets. She’s also found out that home-grown food tastes fresher and better than that bought at the store. We hope she continues to grow with Katie’s Krops for many years to come and that maybe Jeffrey can get over his bug phobia so he can help.  

November Katie’s Krops Dinners

We will host two dinners in November on:

Thursday, November 3rd

Thursday, November 10th

Our dinners are held at Summerville Baptist Church, 417 Central Avenue in Summerville, South Carolina. Our to-go dinner service starts at 4:30 pm, earlier if possible, and ends at 6 pm or when all meals have been distributed, whichever comes first. All members of the family do not need to be in attendance to receive meals.

On November 3rd, we will serve beef and vegetable chili over a bed of macaroni, a tossed green salad, cornbread, and homemade desserts.

If you reside in Summerville and do not have transportation or are unable to attend for medical reasons, please email Delivery@KatiesKrops.com, and we will make every effort to deliver meals to you. Please include your full name, address, phone number, and the number of meals you need. All requests must be directed to this email address (we cannot honor requests sent via social media and social media messages). We do not deliver outside of Summerville. It is important to note we cannot accommodate day-of requests. You must request delivery at least two days before each dinner. Our dinners run on volunteer power and a great deal of planning. Thank you for submitting your requests early.

Austin & Toni ~ Ohio

They may be young, but the brother and sister duo of Austin and Toni Carr, ages 8 and 10
respectively, are learning how to grow vegetables. Students at Amanda Clearcreek Elementary school
in rural Ohio, they began their garden two years ago after their parents heard about Katie’s Krops on
the P. Allen Smith gardening show on PBS. The siblings have grown 185 pounds of tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, green beans, and cucumbers in their 16 by 16 foot in-ground garden. The carrots they attempted did not produce, but the flowers they grow thrive,
aiding in pollination while providing beauty.

After their Dad tills the garden in the spring, Toni and Austin are responsible for planting, weeding, and
harvesting. They have had some adversity, especially this year when a wet spring was followed by a sweltering and dry summer, both of which hurt the garden. They also have to
contend with pests, such as birds and rabbits, who are more than willing to eat the produce, which is
one reason the carrots don’t do well.

The two chickens left from the original flock of 10 (blame the coyotes and stray cats) provide
droppings for composting the garden, eggs for the family, and lessons on how to care for chickens to
Toni and Austin.

Both enjoy working in the garden. Austin likes chasing mom with the worms, although he moves
the toads from the garden rather than running with them. Toni enjoys bonding with her family and says
gardening is a fun hobby where she gets to be active. Mom Ashley is happy to have a summer activity
that gets the kids outside and off their tablets. The entire family is glad they can provide fresh
produce to their neighbors and the food pantries in Amanda and nearby Stoutsville. Their goal is
to eventually raise enough so that they can put a farm stand outside their home where everyone in their small community can stop by and take what they need for free.

While no one outside the family helps with the garden, Toni has talked to her friends about what they
do and shares vegetables with them. She is hoping they will get their own Katie’s Krops gardens so they can also help the community while they learn about gardening.

Celebrating 12 Years of Katie’s Krops Dinners ~ Join us on Thursday, October 20th

On October 20th, we will celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Katie’s Krops Dinner. To say I am proud of this milestone is an understatement. I was just 12 years old when I started our Katie’s Krops Dinner; at now 24, I have spent half my life working to serve healthy free garden-to-table meals to my neighbors.

What else makes this anniversary extra special? This October, we will celebrate a decade-long partnership with Summerville Baptist! Ten years ago, our friends at Summerville Baptist took a chance to allow children to prepare and serve healthy meals while allowing anyone in need in the community to dine with us in their Fellowship Hall. We are so grateful and blessed that they believed in our mission and opened their doors to us. I treasure our relationship. Working together, we have been able to help thousands and thousands of our neighbors often during their most changing times.

We are now serving more people than ever before. To everyone who has volunteered, donated, cheered us on, shared a meal with us, and shared our efforts over the past 12 years, thank you! I am where I am today because of you.

Join us on Thursday, October 20th, at 4:30 pm for our anniversary dinner. We anticipate a large crowd, so we recommend arriving early. Please follow the direction of our traffic volunteer for everyone’s safety and to allow the line to move quickly. The dinner is always free.

Join Us on October 6th for the Katie’s Krops Dinner

Join us for our next Katie’s Krops To-Go Dinner on Thursday, October 6th. Our dinner service will start at 4:30 pm at Summerville Baptist Church, 417 Central Avenue, Summerville, South Carolina. We will continue to serve to-go meals drive-up style. We kindly ask that you follow the guidance of our parking lot volunteers to keep traffic flowing and maintain safety for guests and volunteers.

The dinner is always free. Our goal is to ensure that our neighbors have access to the healthy meals they need. We will serve between 550 and 600 meals per dinner.

If you reside in Summerville and do not have transportation, please contact Delivery@KatiesKrops.com, and we will make every effort to deliver meals to you. Please include your full name, address, phone number, and the number of meals you need. Requests must be placed two days in advance of the dinner.

September 29th Katie’s Krops & Potential Weather Impact

We will host a Katie’s Krops Dinner on Thursday. We are keeping a close watch on the impact of Hurricane Ian and the timing of the effects on the Lowcountry. At the moment, we will move forward with the dinner and deliveries as planned. Our top priority is the safety of our volunteers, delivery drivers, and guests. We will keep you posted on any changes we need to make due to heavy rains.

If you reside in Summerville and do not have transportation or are unable to attend for medical reasons, please email Delivery@KatiesKrops.com, and we will make every effort to deliver meals to you. Please include your full name, address, phone number, and the number of meals you need. All requests must be directed to this email address (we cannot honor requests sent via social media and messages). It is important to note we cannot accommodate day-of requests. You must request delivery at least two days before each dinner. Our dinners run on volunteer power and a great deal of planning. Thank you for submitting your requests early.