October 28th Katie’s Krops To-Go Dinner

Join us on Thursday, October 28th for our free Katie’s Krops drive-thru to-go dinner. Dinner service will start at 4:30 pm and end at 6 pm, or when all meals have been distributed, whichever comes first. Our dinners are served at Summerville Baptist Church located at 417 Central Avenue in Summerville, South Carolina.

We will be serving an Italian dinner. The dinner is always free. We look forward to serving our community.

Pour It Forward at Accent on Wine

During the month of October at Accent on Wine at Whitehall, we will celebrate their 1st-anniversary by “Pouring it Forward” to honor and support Katie’s Krops. Enjoy a designated red or white wine by the glass for the month of October in which a portion of proceeds benefits Katie’s Krops. In addition on Saturday, October 23rd they will host an anniversary party that benefits Katie’s Krops! More details to come on this event but we would love for you to save the date! Accent on Wine Whitehall is located at 5401 Netherby Lane Suite 1003, North Charleston, South Carolina.

11th Anniversary of the Katie’s Krops Dinner – October 14th

On October 14th, we will celebrate the 11th anniversary of the Katie’s Krops Dinner! It has been the most fantastic journey that started when I was in middle school and the only full-time soup kitchen in Summerville I supporting shuttered. Never could I have imagined that day in middle school what I would be creating and the number of people we would help feed in our community.

In those 11 years, I have graduated high school, graduated college, faced a pandemic, created a second family who I adore of the people who attend the dinners, filmed a segment for Disney Channel and a feature-length documentary The Starfish Throwers highlighting our work at the dinners, had the honor of working with the most amazing chefs who want to give back to the community, and have been blessed to have the very best volunteers by my side. None of this would have been possible without the support of our partners at Summerville Baptist, who believed a decade ago that a small group of children could change the world one meal at a time.

This year there will be no big outward celebration as we are stretched very thin meeting the current need of our community but please know I am celebrating in my heart. Thank you for your support, your kindness, and for believing in me for 11 years.

Come out and join us on Thursday, October 11th at 4:30 for our to-go anniversary dinner at Summerville Baptist Church at 417 Central Avenue in Summerville. The menu is meatloaf with gravy, mashed potatoes, roasted carrots, tossed green salad, fresh bread, and desserts. If you are ill, in quarantine, or do not have transportation and reside in Summerville, we will make every effort to deliver meals to you. Please email Katie@KatiesKrops.com by Tuesday, October 12th, with your full name, complete address, phone number, and the number of meals needed.

The 2022 Katie’s Krops Grower Search is Officially Open!

We are excited to expand our growing family! Children ages seven to sixteen who reside in the United States are eligible to apply to start a Katie’s Krops Garden in their community, where the whole harvest is shared to help neighbors struggling with hunger and food insecurity.

Youth selected as Katie’sKatie’s Krops Grower in 2022 will be awarded an all-inclusive grower kit. This kit will include items necessary to start their garden. Starting a Katie’s Krops Garden is so much more than just receiving the tools to start a garden. Youth selected as Katie’s Krops Growers are empowered to grow a healthy end to hunger in their community and positively impacting the health of their cities and towns. Growers are eligible for scholarships and support from our sponsors.

To learn more & to access the application, follow this link: https://katieskrops.com/apply-for-a-grant/

Our Wishlist~

In the past nineteen months, we have expanded our efforts to meet the needs of our communities. The biggest challenge was growing with a greatly reduced volunteer base. To say we are exhausted is an understatement. But we are also incredibly proud of what we have accomplished and what we continue to achieve every day. We are so blessed to have amazing supporters and volunteers who work tirelessly to feed our community. We would be honored to have your support to continue our efforts. We are sharing a list of our current needs. We hope we can find the support to grow, educate, and support. Thank you~

– A licensed and bonded tree service to donate their service (or provide a substantial discount) to trim trees in our flagship garden in Summerville, South Carolina. Our plants desperately need more sun this fall and winter! 

– We desperately need a volunteer with a small tractor to level off a section of our garden where trees were removed. We plan to use the space to expand our garden, but that is not possible until that area is leveled off.

– A volunteer with a stump grinder to help tackle a few roots in the garden.

– A Polywood Rocking Chair for our outdoor classroom. Sadly, our beautiful wooden rocking chair could not withstand the elements; therefore, we need a non-wood rocking chair.

– Four new outdoor yard signs to share the information regarding our free dinners. The signs we place outside the Summerville Baptist Church are a vital communication tools to share when our dinners will be held. We need four new signs size 18 by 24. 

– For our Katie’s Krops Dinners, we need canned corn, stuffing mix, divided to-go boxes, ranch salad dressing, chickpeas, ketchup, kidney beans, Worcestershire sauce, pepper.

– A small backless bench.

-Fall flowers- mums, snapdragons, pansies, freesias for our flagship garden to continue to attract pollinators.

-Hand Pruners.

– Four large Food Scoops for our Katie’s Krops Dinners- https://www.restaurantsupply.com/vollrath-47139-jacobs-pride-5-33-oz-white-6-disher?keyword=&gclid=CjwKCAjwy7CKBhBMEiwA0Eb7ajIy7ZGCkz6cSjoy6J4CvybSTdy25f9wrcqXL4HPV_btBsdTk7mBixoC-TAQAvD_BwE

-4 Large Garden Trugs -https://www.gardeners.com/buy/colorful-garden-tub/35-592.html

– Food Service Gloves- Nitrile-Vinyl size large and extra-large.

If you are able to support in any way please reach out to Stacy at Stacy@KatiesKrops.com.

Thank you~

Volunteers Needed!

We desperately need help! Sadly we have hit a major obstacle in planting our fall crops in our flagship garden. An animal has started to dig up our garden bed in two sections of our flagship garden. We need to protect our garden beds before we can start planting our fall/winter garden. We have found covers that we feel that will protect the garden beds and our crops. We need to find volunteers to build the covers before we can start planting. If we can find ten volunteers to build two to three covers, we will be able to start planting our fall garden. I cannot stress how important this is and the time crunch we are under. We desperately need to get plants and seeds in the ground. More people than ever depend on our efforts.

Here is an example of what we are trying to build:

If you or someone your know can help build one or two of these covers, we will be extremely grateful! They can be built onsite or offsite. Again, we are at a complete standstill until we can install covers on our beds or risk losing our fall garden. We can be reached at Stacy@KatiesKrops.com or 843-327-3366. Thank you!

Delivering Meals to Our Quarantined Neighbors

Summerville Friends,

Our next Katie’s Krops Dinner will be held on Thursday, September 16th. The number of our neighbors battling COVID remains extremely high. We will continue to deliver meals to those in quarantine to ensure they have the healthy food they need.

If you or someone you know is in need of meals delivered, please let me know by Tuesday, September 14th, and we will work to have meals delivered to their doorstep with contactless delivery. Unfortunately, we are only able to deliver in Summerville.

Please email Katie@KatiesKrops.com with the complete delivery address, the number of meals needed, and a contact phone number.

Stay safe, everyone~

Purchase a Katie’s Krops Sweatshirt & Help Us Grow!

For a limited time, you can purchase a Katie’s Krops sweatshirt. A portion of the proceeds will help us continue to grow. Katie’s Krops have exclusively been earned by volunteers. For a limited time, anyone can purchase a sweatshirt to help us raise the funds we need to grow. If you have any questions after visiting the link below please reach out to Katie and Katie@KatiesKrops.com.


September Katie’s Krops Dinners

In September, we will host three free garden-to-dinners. Our dinners will remain to-go dinners served drive-thru style. The meals are always free, and all do not need to be present to receive meals. Our dinners are served at Summerville Baptist Church outside the Fellowship Hall at 417 Central Avenue in Summerville, South Carolina.

Our September dates are:

Thursday, September 2nd

Thursday, September 16th

Thursday, September 30th

Watch Our Video & Help Katie’s Krops Grow

Thrivent is helping us grow! Katie and Growers Cece and Ian created a video on Eventbrite to raise funds for Katie’s Krops. Simply by signing up to watch the video, Katie’s Krops will receive $5! It is that simple

Using this link, Trivent will donate $5 to Katie’s Krops per person up to $1,000. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interview-with-katies-krops-tickets-162853626581?aff=efbnebIn the sign-in, people are asked if they want a follow-up from Thrivent. You can choose yes or no; this does not affect the funding for Katie’s Krops in any way.

In addition, if you opt to donate via the link, Trivent will match your donation up to $1,000. So, for example, if you donate $5 via the link, Katie’s Krops will receive $15: $5 for signing up to watch the video, $5 from your donation, and $5 from the match. 

We would greatly appreciate it if you could sign up and encourage others to do so. We need to reach 200 people to receive the full donation.