Sunday 23 Feb 2020

U.S. Cellular Celebrates Local Youth’s Humanitarian Effort

U.S. Cellular announced last week that Mount Olive youth, Mackenzie Hinson, is one of three winners for the first phase of the company’s The Future of Good program. Mackenzie was selected out of more than 1,200 nominations from across the country as those who are bringing fairness to their communities. As a selected winner, she will receive $10,000 to further her cause.

At age 10, Kenzie felt it was only fair that everyone has access to healthy meals, so she started her nonprofit, the “Make a Difference Food Pantry.” Now 15, she has since grown it to include a fixed food distribution site; mobile feeding programs for the elderly and children; and outreach pantries to help more North Carolinians in need.

She also established Kenzie’s Kids Summer Feed Program, which involves cooking and delivering 400 hot meals every Friday. Her Mobile Disaster Feeding Program served those affected by Hurricanes Matthew, Harvey and Florence. Since opening in 2014, she and her team have provided just short of two million meals, because it’s only fair that everyone have access to hot meals.

U.S. Cellular’s The Future of Good program returns for its fifth consecutive year. The company is raising awareness for youth causes and increasing their impact through financial contributions. This year, U.S. Cellular will be recognizing six extraordinary young humanitarians and will announce three additional winners in May.

Through April 15, 2020, anyone over the age of 18 is encouraged to go to to nominate young people ages six through 17, who are making a positive impact in their communities.

Kenzie Hinson(left), one of the first three winners in U.S. Cellular’s national The Future of Good Program, shares information with Jeremy Taylor, U.S. Cellular director of sales in eastern North Carolina, regarding how they sort and distributed food through the food pantry she founded at the age of 10, the Make A Difference Food Pantry.

Kenzie Hinson(second from left) is surprised with news that she is one of three winners from across the country in the first phase of U.S. Cellular’s The Future of Good program. Joining in the celebration announcement from left to right are Page Hinson, Kenzie Hinson’s mother; Kenzie Hinson; Jeremy Taylor, U.S. Cellular director of sales in eastern North Carolina and Brett Lancaster, Goldsboro store manager for U.S. Cellular.

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