Meet The Veggie Princess™
Lyric Lucas, affectionately known as "The Veggie Princess", is 11 years old and is in the sixth grade. Although she is young, she has always known her purpose in life and truly believes that anything is possible if you just dream it!
As with most little girls— she loves to dance, play dress up, and play with dolls but also has a passion for writing and illustrating books, choreography, and playwrighting. Lyric has always been involved in the music & arts by singing in the church choir, taking ballet, jazz, and hip hop dance classes, acting in local plays, and participating in pageants. She loves to put a smile on the face of others and will tell you that her greatest joy is helping other people.
At the early age of two years old, she began taking an interest in community service. She began volunteering at local non-profit organizations such as The Potter's House Missionary Outreach Center, dancing for breast cancer awareness events through Battlefield High School's "Dance for the Cure" and raising money through walking for charities such as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
At the age of five (2016)—Lyric founded and created "Lyric's Garden Club" with a vision to feed anyone who did not have fresh fruits and vegetables. After watching a television commercial on people helping in their communities, she decided she could do something in her community to get people healthy food. Through working with her family and friends, she set out on a mission to Grow -N- Give™ away fresh food nationwide! Lyric is the CEO of the Lyric's Garden Club.
Since starting Lyric’s Garden Club, she has had the opportunity to get involved with many local health fairs and organizations such as Grace Fest Health Expo, Feed My Starving Children Organization. Lyric continues to reach for the stars with the help of her 75+ members in the garden club. Over the past four years, Lyric’s Garden Club has been able to feed thousands of families through her pop up & host gardens. In 2016 Lyric was featured on Good Morning Washington to promote her cause and that launched other opportunities and recognition. She became part of the Generation No Kid Hungry team. In 2017, Lyric was invited as a guest on ABC7 for her work as a philanthropist in honor of Black History Month. In 2018, Lyric celebrated the grand opening of her fourth garden and partnership with Birmingham Green as they gave her a dedicated acre of land to plant and harvest fresh vegetables.
In 2019, she was honored by the Greater Prince William County Healthy Communities Healthy Youth Council as a local hero for Prince William County This award is given to those individuals/organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to improve the lives of youth in Prince William County. Lyric was also recognized by the Prince William County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority at the 29th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Program and Youth Oratorical Contest for being a living example of the theme “Small things in great ways”. Lyric was also the recipient of the 2019 Ebone Image Rising Star Award from the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. In the same year, Lyric was awarded the 2019 Creating a World of Their Own Inspired Youth Award in connection with ExCEL Honors. In August 2020, Lyric received the Ashton Kutcher A Plus company "Hero of the Week" award for her outstanding contributions in community outreach. In November 2020, she was selected as a WTOP TOP KID airing on WTOP news radio.
Lyric is excited to continue her efforts in working with local farmers and organizations to further her mission!
Lyric has begun a donation campaign in order to purchase a food truck so that she can reach even more communities by doing drive-by vegetable distribution.