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Join the Cause and Feed the Needy

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A young teen feeds the needy in her community and encourages us to lend a hand in our own.

Katie and her family show off a 40-pound cabbage.
Katie cutting up a cabbage at a homeless shelter.

"If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one." --Mother Teresa

From the day I brought my 40-pound cabbage to my local soup kitchen, I began getting compliments from people in line to get a meal. They were so happy that the food was for them and that I had thought of them. They even began calling me "Cabbage Girl."

I have to admit, getting a compliment -- having someone recognize and appreciate your work -- is a nice feeling. But this blog isn't about what people have said to make me feel good, it's about what people can say to you.

Katie volunteers in a soup kitchen.

Katie's Krops has a simple mission -- to start and maintain vegetable gardens, donate the harvest to feed people in need, and inspire others to do the same. We fight a basic problem: hunger. And we use a basic weapon: gardening. Gardening is a sustainable solution to hunger, a lifelong skill that can help end this crisis.

What I'm doing is something anybody can do. You can follow your passion and make your dreams come true. You can make a difference by putting just one extra plant in your garden and by giving extra produce to a soup kitchen, food bank, or homeless shelter. One tiny action can be the difference between a person going to bed hungry and having food on the table.

It's now even more important than ever to take action. In this challenging economy, the face of hunger has changed. Through my work, I'm not just helping the people at the local soup kitchens, I'm now helping my neighbors. For example, one of my new grantee gardens is at a local middle school. Why? That school had to open up a food pantry to provide food to needy students. Now the school not only has staples, it has fresh produce.

So I challenge you to do something to combat hunger this summer, donate extra produce from your garden to a neighbor in need or volunteer at a soup kitchen. For inspiration, check out my website, www.KatiesKrops.com, and look at my grantee stories. I hope you find inspiration to help out in your community!

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