Karma for Cara Microgrants help fund exceptional service projects led by youth 18 and under working to better their communities. Read about our microgrant recipient, Sophie, a 15-year-old inspired to fight childhood hunger and educate low-income preschool kids on the benefits of healthy eating.
1. What inspired you to start this project?
When touring some of our local food banks, I discovered there were limited healthy and fresh produce options available. Seeing the benefits and the impact of one garden in my backyard, I reached out to area low-income pre-schools and offered to build raised garden beds, plant, maintain, and donate gardening tools and seedlings to the schools. I help raise awareness for childhood hunger by increasing the amount of fresh and healthy produce available at local food banks and educating people on the benefits of gardening and eating fresh produce. I strive to make a sustainable impact in our community.
2. Why is your work important to you?
The overall goal of this project is to make a difference in the fight against childhood hunger. Missouri has child hunger rates above 20 percent. Eating produce and receiving important nutrients are critical to the development of a child. By sharing my passion for gardening and eating fresh produce with the community, this project helps curb high rates of childhood obesity.
3. How did the money from the microgrant help with your project?
The Karma for Cara microgrant was extremely helpful in the completion of our project. It allowed me to purchase the supplies for building and maintaining the garden. These supplies included dirt, wood to build the garden bed, seedlings, watering cans, gloves, and tools.
4. What message of giving back do you have for others?
You are never too young to volunteer! All youth should find a volunteer opportunity that fits their skill sets and interests. As a volunteer, I’ve learned so much about my community. I’ve also interacted with hundreds of incredible youth volunteers and many organization.