February 06, 2015
​Bill Scales, BI-LO District Director and Katie Stagliano, founder of Katie’s Krops along with local Katie’s Krops growers say thank you for the recent donation during the check presentation.

On Jan. 22, Katie Stagliano,founder of Katie’s Krops, and 20 of the organization’s gardeners gathered for the monthly farm-to-table dinner the organization holds each month at Summerville Baptist Church in Summerville, SC to provide a healthy meal to families in need. Special guests from Bi-Lo Holdings were also in attendance for this dinner to present the organization with something special.

Katie’s Krops is a nonprofit organization that encourages and funds children throughout the United States to end hunger one vegetable garden at a time. The inspiration for this mission started when Stagliano was nine-years-old and grew a 40-pound cabbage that she donated to a local soup kitchen. Witnessing the amount of people this one cabbage fed kicked off the Katie’s Krops movement that now has 80 gardens in 29 states.

During 2014, Bi-Lo Holdings grew the long-standing partnership with Katie’s Krops that started with a simple in-store donation from a local BI-LO in the Summerville area. Through working with this organization and witnessing the outstanding impact it has had throughout the Southeast, a key group of individuals at Bi-Lo Holdings knew that they wanted to deepen the partnership with Katie’s Krops and the extraordinary work they do for youth in their communities.

These inspirations, along with a connection at a community dinner in 2013, quickly lead to a banner-wide in-store produce program in July 2014. Katie’s Krops branded bins were placed in all 800 Bi-Lo Holdings locations, allowing all customers to learn about this nonprofit. The produce bins were filled with kid-friendly produce like small apples and bananas that children can easily hold and eat, while a portion of the sales was donated toward helping kids grow healthy food to eliminate hunger.

In September 2014, Bi-Lo Holdings also joined with Radio Disney and Katie’s Krops to promote a happy, healthy future for children in local communities by inspiring parents and children to lead healthier lifestyles. Through the program, Bi-Lo Holdings and Radio Disney worked with Dole Fresh Vegetables, Reichel Foods, Country Fresh, Ready Pac, Buddy Fruit, Starr Ranch, Bolthouse Farms, Wonderful Brands, Sage Fruit and Dayka Hackett to create a kid-friendly scavenger hunt in select stores throughout the three banners.

Through these promotions Bi-Lo Holdings was able to present Katie’s Krops with a check donation for $32,000 at the January Katie’s Krops Farm-to-Table dinner. “I was not expecting a donation of this size from the two in-store programs,” stated Stacy Stagliano, Katie’s mother and president of Katie’s Krops,with tears in her eyes. “We are blown away that in just six months Bi-Lo Holdings and their partners were able to raise these funds for our organization. We are continuously amazed by the wonderful individuals at Bi-Lo Holdings!”

The produce-bin program will continue in all stores throughout 2015 and new kid-friendly fruit will be introduced throughout the year as seasons change. Katie’s Krops will announce their 2015 growers in February and are expecting to expand beyond 29 states, getting closer to their goal of having a Katie’s Krops garden in all 50 states.

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