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This 14-Year-Old's Homework Assignment Sparked a Mission to Feed America's Hungry

06/04/2015 10:19 am ET | Updated Jun 04, 2016

When she was in the third grade, Katie Stagliano received a homework assignment that changed her life: to grow a cabbage from a single seedling. Hers grew to about 40 pounds. She took the cabbage to the local soup kitchen, where it was served with ham and rice to around 275 people.

"When I looked at the people in line I thought, 'Wow, they're just like my family,'" Katie said of her experience handing out food that day. "For all I know, they could have been my family who had fallen on hard times." Six years later, Katie's Krops supports 75 youth-run gardens in 27 states and has raised over $200,000.

Watch Katie's remarkable story here, and check out the feature film The Starfish Throwers where she is featured alongside two others whose individual efforts to feed the poor are igniting a movement in the fight against hunger.

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