A now 14 year old girl, Katie Stagliano, has been working for 6 years to fight world hunger with her not-for-profit organization, Katie’s Krops. She works hard to feed those most in need by starting vegetable gardens and donating the produce to soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and directly to the needy through her organization.
In 2008, 9-year-old Katie brought a cabbage seed home from school as part of a gardening program her 3rd grade class was participating in. Crazy enough, her cabbage plant grew to be 40 pounds! Katie donated it to a soup kitchen and it ended up feeding more than 275 people! Katie has since planted several vegetable gardens and donates the harvest to help feed people in need. Today, Katie’s Krops donates thousands of pounds of fresh produce from numerous gardens to organizations that help people in need and is training young people to do the same through Katie’s Krops Camps
A story went viral a few weeks back about an 18 year old from Indianapolis who was walking 10 miles for an interview. This determined young man, Jhaqueil Reagan was stopped by Art Bouvier, an owner of the restaurant named Papa Roux. Once Bouvier realized Reagan was walking 10 miles simply for the hope of a job (without any guarantees), he was so impressed with his perseverance that he offered him a job at Papa Roux!
After Bouvier put this story on his Facebook, it spread across the internet and two TV shows, Good Morning America and Fox and Friends, brought both Reagan and Bouvier on for an interview. Since then, donations have been coming in! The two guys have decided to start a nonprofit with these donations that are being mailed their way. Their plan is to apply for nonprofit status and start a foundation that will go toward helping unemployed people with transportation, clothing, and building their resumes so they can have the same successes that Jhaqueil Reagan has had.
For 32 years (since 1981), a man named Albert Lexie has daily walked through the doors of the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to shine people’s shoes. However, something is different about Albert’s shoe shining business. He gives every bit of his tips to help the children at that hospital through a program called Children’s Hospital Free Care Fund. It’s available so parents can pay their kids’ medical bills when they don’t have the financial resources otherwise.
Albert charges $5 per shoe shine, but people usually give him more than that. One of the doctors say that Albert’s donated over a third of his lifetime salary to this fund, and (as of February 2013) he will have donated over 200,000 to this cause.
There’s a church in Kalihi, Oahu by the name of Hawaii Cedar Church that is helping and housing the homeless in their community. The church pastor, Henry Baxter believes everyone should have a second change, which is why he calls the church’s program “A Second Time Around.”
The church feeds them and lets them use the showers and bathrooms. There are some rules though – the residents either have to do chores at the church or have some sort of outside job. To help create jobs for these recent residents, the church is starting a new program where the residents can plant and harvest vegetables on the church’s farming property. They’re hoping that, through this opportunity, the people staying at the church can learn how to farm/other skill sets and make money to support their families. The church is currently caring for 40 individuals/families.
A New York-based nonprofit group is trying to help low-income families around the nation by offering “food stamps” for pets. With 15% of the population on food stamps, I imagine this will be a huge help!
Pet Food Stamps is an organization that seeks to help disadvantaged pet owners across the U.S. who need help caring for their animals. They provide pet food through a partnership with Pet Food Direct and can supply families in the program for up to six months, as well as provide free monthly home delivery of all the necessary food supplies.
The group is not government run, but funded through the generosity of families and companies.
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