May Community Partner: Katie’s Krops

SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — We know it’s important to eat our fruits and vegetables every day, but some people can’t afford fresh produce and don’t have access to healthy options.

That’s where our May Community Partner, Katie’s Krops, comes in. The non-profit is not only feeding the community, but also getting kids and teens interested in gardening.

Much like her garden, Katie Stagliano’s journey started with a seed.

“I was in the third grade,” Stagliano said. “I planted a tiny cabbage seedling and that tiny seedling grew to be a 40-pound cabbage. This 40-pound cabbage was the size of my 4-year-old brother.”

North Augusta girl named Grower of the Year

Sabrina Denson, mother of Ariane Denson, said everyone in the family was excited after hearing the news about Ariane winning the Katie’s Krops Grower of the Year award.

“I was surprised and excited,” said Denson. “Ariane enjoys spending time in the garden with her grandfather. They’ve both really flourished working day to day gardening.”

Katie’s Krops is a youth-based nonprofit based in Summerville, South Carolina dedicated to ending hunger one vegetable garden at a time. Ariane, who is currently in the 4th grade at Belvedere Elementary, joined Katie’s Krops in 2022.

Denson said after hearing about the nonprofit from a family member she didn’t hesitate to sign up Ariane.

“Ariane had to write a profile about herself and why she wanted to join the organization,” said Denson. “She explained that she wants to help retirees be able to afford vegetables. She gives a lot of the produce to the people in the neighborhood. A portion goes to the family. Most of it is given away.”

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Katie’s Krops founder named a Southerner of the Year, produces record yield for the hungry

The Lowcountry has a Southerner of the Year in its backyard.

“Southern Living” named Katie Stagliano, who lives in downtown Charleston, one of its five Southern “trailblazers” making a difference in preserving history and culture, protecting the natural world, inspiring new generations of people into selfless service and providing food to those in need.

Stagliano checks two of those boxes with ease. She runs the nonprofit Katie’s Krops that operates a network of 100 community and backyard gardens in 33 states that range from a couple of raised beds to two acres.

Together, the network grew and donated 680,000 pounds of food to those people struggling with food insecurity since Stagliano first grew a 40-pound cabbage in 2008.

Those gardens happen because of the young people, mostly ages 7 to 16, inspired by her story of a 9-year-old girl turning a third grade project cabbage seedling at Pinewood Preparatory School into a meal for more than 200 people.

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Katie Stagliano, founder of Katie’s Krops, named ‘Southerner of the Year’ by Southern Living

Lowcountry native and Southern Magazine’s 2023 ‘Southerner of the Year’ sat down in our News 2 studios to tell us about her efforts in growing fresh produce and feeding people in the community.

Katie Stagliano, Founder and Chief Executive Gardener of ‘Katie’s Krops’, is reflecting on her record-breaking year in her flagship garden. Located in Summerville, Katie’s Krops grows thousands of pounds of fresh produce each year and feeds countless people across the U.S.

It all started in Katie’s backyard when she was in the 3rd grade. She grew a 40lb cabbage and donated it to a local soup kitchen, feeding over 270 people. Katie says she started a movement that changed her life forever.

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Southern Living 2023 Southerners Of The Year

Katie’s Krops

Summerville, South Carolina

Katie Stagliano found her calling at 9 years old when her third-grade teacher sent her home with a seedling for the backyard. Her tiny plant grew into a 40-pound cabbage. “I was shocked because I didn’t know they could get that big. But I realized that this one was far too large for my family to eat,” she says. Every night, her father would remind them just how lucky they were to sit down to a healthy dinner when some people were not able to.

“That’s how I got the idea that changed my life forever,” she says. “I donated my cabbage to a soup kitchen to help feed those who might not otherwise have a meal.” The director of the kitchen invited her to serve her cabbage in a soup with ham and rice. Stagliano remembers how surprised she was to see how many families just like hers were waiting in line for a meal. Because that one vegetable served 275 guests, she thought, “How many people could a garden feed?”

With the support of her parents, she launched Katie’s Krops. The idea took off when her school gave her a plot of land the size of a football field. Soon, the whole student body was involved. Katie’s Krops became an official nonprofit, and her message began to spread. Kids across the country reached out wanting to start their own gardens, so the organization began offering funding and support to Katie’s Krops Growers between the ages of 7 and 16.

Today, at 25 years old, Stagliano is at the helm of a project that includes 100 gardens in 33 states. Collectively, Katie’s Krops has donated around 600,000 pounds of produce—with no plans of slowing down. Stagliano says, “I would love to reach all 50 states and eventually expand internationally.”

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Support Katie’s Krops This Friday at Nothing Bundt Cakes in Summerville!

We have the most delicious way to support Katie’s Krops!

This FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3rd, our friends at Nothing Bundt Cakes in Summerville will donate an amazing 20% of sales from the day to Katie’s Krops!

We would be thrilled and honored to have your support. Pick up a sweet treat for your office, surprise a friend with a bundtlet, grab a treat for the family, or spread kindness by purchasing a box of Bundtinis for our local police, fire departments, your doctor’s office, or favorite teacher. In a challenging world, let’s spread lots of delicious kindness on Friday and help Katie’s Krops grow!
Please spread the word by sharing this post with your local friends and family.
To make your life a little sweeter, after your purchase on Friday, tag Katie’s Krops and Nothing Bundt Cakes, and we will select one winner to receive a free bundt cake! We are social on Facebook (Katie’s Krops) and Instagram.
I appreciate your support!
Nothing Bundt Cakes is located at 1202 North Main Street,
Suite 101, Summerville
Store Hours are 9 am to 7 pm.

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, 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.

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, 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.