Makenzie Greenwood, a 6th grader from Hampstead who attends Shiloh Middle School, was selected as one of eight Maryland students as a top youth volunteer by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program.

Makenzie founded a food pantry in her community when she was nine years old that has provided free food to approximately 4,000 hungry people over the past two years. After obtaining her church’s permission to place the pantry on its property, Makenzie recruited a scouting organization to help build it, supply it with donations and food drives, and obtained grants to help open similar pantries in Manchester, as well as Orlando, Florida.

In addition, Makenzie has qualified for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. This award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve a community and their country. Makenzie will be receiving a Distinguished Finalist Medallion later this spring at Shiloh Middle School.

 

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