Wednesday, September 26 2012 8:21 AM EDT2012-09-26 12:21:16 GMT
A Lowcountry eighth-grader has received a major award from a former president for her work fighting hunger.More >>
A Lowcountry eighth-grader has received a major award from a former president for her work fighting hunger. More >>
SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) -- Most people would call 12-year old Katie Stagliano "ahead of her time". That's because Katie has taken the initiative of fighting hunger and obesity, one meal at a time.
Katie started "Katie's Krops" when she was just 8-years-old. The non-profit maintains vegetable gardens and donates the produce to soup kitchens, the homeless and families in need.
"They could be just like you and me, but something happened that put them in this situation and now they can't always provide the right amount of fruits and vegetables," said Katie. "So, I want to be able to help them and give them those fruits and vegetables."
Katie's devotion to those in need will soon land her national recognition. ABC, the television network, plans to feature Katie in it's upcoming new reality show titled, "Everyday Health".
Katie's great success has many people thinking about how they have benefited from Katie's generosity.
"I had originally met Katie at the Palmetto House when I was a resident there," said Nicholas DiSisto, who lived in the homeless shelter for 6 months.
"It was a very rough time in my life. I wouldn't have had a roof over my head if it wasn't for the Palmetto House. So, the people that supported the Palmetto House became very dear to me," DiSisto said.
Katie's healthy meals has changed the lives of many people around the lowcountry.
"I'm eating healthier now, than I ever did," said DiSisto.
"Everyday Health" will begin airing this Fall on Saturday mornings on ABC News 4.