July 11, 2014
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Katie Stagliano, founder of Katie’s Krops, in purple shirt at center right with participants in the Katie’s Krops Camp.​

During the summer months thousands of children in the United States participate in camps to continue to learn throughout the summer, but one particular group of children recently came together for a special camp to make a difference in their local communities. These children joined the Katie’s Krops movement, which empowers youth across the country to end hunger in their communities, one vegetable garden at a time.

The 14 campers that were handpicked from throughout the country joined founder Katie Stagliano in Pelion, South Carolina to learn the ins and outs of gardening and how to build a raised vegetable garden as a sustaineable source of fresh produce for Harvest Hope Food Bank. The service project was sponsored by BI-LO through a donation that was made to the organization in February.

Katie’s Krops Camp also educates the young growers about agriculture and the environment, as a sustainable solution to end hunger. The camp also teaches key characterists of responsibility and compassion as well as workshops on growing vegetables, budgeting, and other gardnening needs.

“The camp has quickly become one of my favorite Katie’s Krops events,” Stagliano said. “It is the one time of the year our growers from across the country are able to come together in person, learn from one another, encourage one another, and create lasting friendships.”

BI-LO has supported Katie’s Krops for many years through various in-store programs.

“This organization is very unique and has such a strong message to the youth of our communities,” said Bob Denomme, Bi-Lo Holdings vice president of produce.

Stagliano was also recently recognized as South Carolina’s representative for Money Magazines 50 Money Heroes list for her dedication to providing healthy produce for low-income families.

Through Sept. 2, BI-LO and Winn-Dixie stores are supporting Katie’s Krops with a special bin of small red delicious apples in the produce department. For every dollar spent on these apples, BI-LO and Winn-Dixie stores will donate five cents directly back to Katie’s Krops.

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