WP Rawl, a vegetable grower in Pelion, SC, announced last week its partnership with Katie’s Krops, a non-profit focused on empowering kids to plant vegetable gardens and donate the harvest to the underserved in their communities. The partnership will help fund grants for kids ages 9 to 16, while helping Katie work towards her goal of having at least one garden in all 50 states.
For every bag of Rawl’s specially marked Nature’s Greens Kale and Collard Greens sold through the end of the year, WP Rawl will give a percentage to Katie’s Krops to help with the non-profit’s 2013 initiatives. The donation from WP Rawl is expected to allow Katie’s Krops to fund 15 gardens next spring.
Katie’s Krops began in 2008 when then-nine-year-old Katie Stagliano planted a tiny cabbage seedling and watched it grow into a 40-pound cabbage. After donating it to a local soup kitchen and realizing how many people she was able to feed with it, Katie decided to empower others to do the same. Today, Katie’s Krops has 51 gardens in 22 states that have yielded thousands of pounds of fresh produce donated to organizations helping people in need.
“When I first met Katie, I was immediately energized by how much someone so young has been able to accomplish and knew we had to support her,” said Ashley Rawl, director of sales and marketing for WP Rawl. “We wanted to put together a program to help Katie’s Krops grow while at the same time give her visibility in retail outlets across the country.”
The grant application process is now open. To learn more about how you can get involved, make a donation or to apply for a grant, visit www.rawl.net/katieskrops.