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Ravens recognize girl who started Hampstead's Little Free Pantry with Honor Row

WBAL TV Baltimore logo WBAL TV Baltimore 11/28/2019
a little girl standing in front of a refrigerator: Makenzie Greenwood © Provided by WBAL TV Baltimore Makenzie Greenwood

One young Maryland lady is on a mission to help feed her community and people all around the country.

A Hampstead girl who started a Little Free Pantry will be recognized with an Honor Row from the Baltimore Ravens at this Sunday's home game.

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Makenzie Greenwood's pantry is empty almost as fast as it's filled.

"Every day, we have people come and donate food and take food. We come here about every other day to stock up, and it's normally just a couple of cans left," Makenzie said.

Now 12, Makenzie started Hampstead's Little Free Pantry in January 2017 when she was just 9 years old.

"I generally wanted to help the community, so I thought there was no better way than giving people food," Makenzie said.

It's an anonymous system in which people take what they need and donate what they can. There's a log, so Makenzie can keep track of how many people are using the pantry.

Richard and Janet Murray both benefit from and donate to Makenzie's pantry.

"It really helps us because we're both retired and low income, so it really helps us out a lot," said Richard Murray.

"I feel like when I go to the store, they have them on sale, one for me, one for them, and it's just the way it is," said Janet Murray.

Makenzie said she teamed up with the Westminster Rescue Mission, and the first Tuesday of each month, their truck shows up with perishable food items as an additional option for community members.

"I actually get to see the faces and you know the children, the smile on their face when they just get the food," Makenzie said.

It’s a family affair for the Greenwoods as everyone gets in on the action. Makenzie’s mom, Jennifer Greenwood, said Makenzie hopes to spread her knowledge to other kids.

"She has received a lot of monetary donations that we really don’t usually have to use to buy food because the community provides what we need, so she decided to offer grants to other youths and organizations who want to start a Little Free Pantry in their community," Jennifer Greenwood said.

Makenzie said the pantry doesn't take much time out of her schedule, so it's an easy way for anyone to get involved in volunteering.

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