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Distinguished Finalist

Makenzie Greenwood

Hampstead, Maryland

Makenzie Greenwood, 11, of Hampstead, Md., a sixth-grader at Shiloh Middle School, founded a food pantry in her community when she was 9 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, supplied it with donations and food drives, and obtained grants to help open similar pantries in Manchester, Md., and Orlando, Fla.