LoBue Citrus Partners with Katie's Krops for 80th Anniversary
LINDSAY, CALIF. – September 29, 2014 – LoBue Citrus, a full-service grower, packer and shipper of California and import citrus, is celebrating its 80th anniversary by partnering with Katie’s Krops, a nonprofit organization that empowers youth across the country to grow a healthy end to hunger in their communities, one vegetable garden at a time.
The mission of Katie's Krops is to start and maintain vegetable gardens of all sizes and donate the harvest to help feed people in need, as well as to assist and inspire others to do the same. Once a year, Katie’s Krops hosts an annual grant cycle where youths, ages 9 to 16, apply to receive funding to start a Katie’s Krops vegetable garden in their community.
From November to January, LoBue will donate a percentage from every case of navel oranges sold to Katie’s Krops. The promotion will be supported at retail with specially-marked LoBue Family Legacy branded point of sale signage and social media.
“We are so proud to be partnering with Katie’s Krops,” said Norm Gatineau, vice president of sales and marketing at LoBue Citrus. “Giving back is very important to us and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 80th anniversary than by supporting such a wonderful cause.”
In 2008, then 9-year-old Katie Stagliano grew a 40-pound cabbage in her backyard and donated it to a soup kitchen where it help to feed 275 people. Moved by the experience, she started Katie's Krops, which currently funds 80 youth-run gardens in 29 states from which the fresh harvest is donated to the underserved. Katie has set a goal of expanding to 500 gardens across all 50 states by 2018. LoBue’s partnership with Katie’s Krops will help fund grants for these gardens and help Katie work toward her goal.
The above has been pasted verbatim from a LoBue Citrus press release.