SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - When you think of donating food to shelters canned good items may come to mind.
11 year-old Katie Stagliano is one of the many local gardeners working to change that by providing fresh produce to food pantries and shelters throughout the area.
"It makes me feel really good that I'm helping those people who's had unfortunate events happen to them and they've had to go to the soup kitchen," said Stagliano while tending to her Summerville garden.
For Katie the idea sprouted two years ago when she received a seed at school that grew into a forty pound cabbage.
She donated the cabbage to Fields to Families, which collects extra fruits and vegetables from local gardeners and farmers then distributes them to the hungry.
"I've learned that you shouldn't waste because there's people who have to go to the soup kitchens to get their meals for the day and you're lucky to have a meal on your plate, brought out in front of you, and not have to go to bed hungry," said Stagliano.
"We get a lot of tears. We get tears of appreciation. It's very heart touching because most everybody that comes here would truly be without food if they didn't come to us for food," said Michelle Arredondo with Helping Hands of Goose Creek, one of the local food pantries benefiting from Fields to Families.
Since the beginning of the year Fields to Families has collected 6,000 pounds of excess fruits and vegetables from local gardeners and farmers.
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