Summerville’s Katie Stagliano honored with 30 Under 30 Award


OAKLAND, Calif. (WCBD) – Katie Stagliano, 17, of Summerville, is one of the recipient of The University of California’ inaugural Global Food Initiative 30 Under 30 Awards for her leadership in community-based food production.

The 30 Under 30 Awards recognize 30 young pioneers and innovators trailblazing to solve the global food crisis by making extraordinary contributions in a wide array of food-related fields. Stagliano was chosen based on her outstanding work on organizing community gardens that combat hunger.

In 2008, 9-year-old Katie Stagliano planted a single cabbage seedling in her South Carolina backyard as part of a school project. It grew to be 40 pounds, and fed 275 people in a local soup kitchen. The rest is history. Today, the 17-year-old’s idea has flourished into a movement. Katie’s Krops now consists of 100 gardens all across the country, all maintained by local children of the community. Katie’s Krops is a nonprofit organization aimed at fighting hunger. Its mission is to empower youth to start and maintain vegetable gardens of all sizes and donate the harvest to help feed those in need.

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“Katie started this project at age 9. She’s now 17. This is an extraordinary initiative, and Katie’s persistence has led to nearly a hundred community gardens and national partnerships,” said Rose Hayden-Smith, editor of UC Food Observer and member of the selection committee for the awards.

The Global Food Initiative was launched by UC President Janet Napolitano in 2014 to develop, demonstrate and export solutions that help put the world on a path to sustainably and nutritiously feeding itself. She started the 30 Under 30 Awards to highlight and amplify the good work being done by 30 young leaders and further encourage dialogue about food education, access and security, health and sustainability, in line with the initiative’s goals.

The 30 Under 30 Awards recognize individuals both inside and outside the UC system who have made outstanding contributions to fields including food production, food access and security, food sourcing, food education and communication, and food policy and public impact. The honorees were selected through a comprehensive nomination and review process, with a selection committee of industry leaders and influential voices in the food movement, both from within the UC system and the broader public. For more information about the 30 Under 30 Awards, click here.

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