Hosts Third-Annual Katie’s Krops Camp in July
Pelion, SC; July 2015 – WP Rawl, the largest grower, processor and shipper of leafy greens in the US continues with its mission to end hunger by hosting the third-annual Katie’s Krops Camp July 8-11 alongside its founder, Katie Stagliano. Katie’s Krops, a non-profit focused on empowering young growers to plant vegetable gardens and donate the harvest to the underserved in their communities, will hold the three day camp at the WP Rawl headquarters in Pelion, SC.
Fourteen campers were handpicked throughout the country to join Katie this year. Katie’s Krops Camp educates young growers about agriculture, the environment and teaches a sustainable solution to the problem of hunger, as well as responsibility and compassion. The three-day camp will also include workshops on growing practices, budgeting, and other gardening needs.
WP Rawl looks forward to hosting the camp for a third year.
“Katie has such vision,” says Ashley Rawl, vice president of sales, marketing and product development at WP Rawl. “Once we learned about her mission, we knew we wanted to help her cause. It has been truly amazing to watch her grow over the years we have worked with her.”
Katie’s Krops Camp also gives young growers the opportunity to learn from their peers and meet special celebrity guests like Monique Coleman, former Disney’s High School Musical star and WP Rawl’s current partner in promoting healthy eating though the company’s Nature’s Greens line.
“I am so grateful to WP Rawl for making my dreams a reality by hosting and sponsoring the camp and supporting our grant cycle,” says Katie Stagliano, chief executive gardener and founder of Katie’s Krops. “Campers have a wonderful opportunity to learn from one another, encourage each other and create lasting friendships.”
Each year, the Katie’s Krops Camp works together to give back to the community with a service project. When the camp first began in 2014, campers hosted a Dinner in Columbia, where they served warm and healthy meals to the underserved with their own harvest. In 2014, the camp brought the young growers to the local Harvest Hope Food Bank where they built raised vegetable garden beds so the food bank could grow its own harvest and be left with a sustainable solution to vegetable shortages, which are common at food banks across the country. This summer, the 15 campers, including Katie, will once again participate in a community service project as they raise garden beds for the Lexington Interfaith Community Services (LICS) in nearby Lexington, a town 30 minutes from WP Rawl’s Pelion headquarters.
Katie’s Krops wouldn’t be possible without the support of donations. To learn more about giving to the cause visit www.katieskrops.com and click donate. For more information on Katie’s Krops and WP Rawl, please visit www.katieskrops.org and www.rawl.net.
About Katie’s Krops
Katie’s Krops empowers youth across the country to end hunger in their communities, one vegetable garden at a time. The youth-based not-for-profit was founded by 16-year-old Katie’s Stagliano who at the tender age of 9 donated a 40 pound cabbage to a soup kitchen where it fed 275. Moved by the experience, she started Katie’s Krops which currently has 90 youth-run gardens in 30 states.
About WP Rawl
Dating back to 1925, WP Rawl is a third generation family farm which has grown to become a full-service grower/processor/shipper, specializing in year-round bulk and value-added leafy greens and vegetables in the Rawl®, Nature’s Greens®, Palmetto Gardens® and Versatile Veggies® brands. In 2015, the company will celebrate its 90th anniversary.
About Lexington Interfaith Community Services (LICS)
Lexington Interfaith Community Services (LICS) is a local social services ministry, serving families and individuals struggling to meet their basic needs of food, clothing, and shelter in Lexington County, SC. 2015 marks the 36th year of LICS providing hope for neighbors in need. For more information, visit www.licssc.org.