AUSTIN (KXAN) — A 16-year-old from Austin is one of the finalist for TIME’s Kid of the Year.
TIME said Austin’s Ian McKenna was selected to be one of the five finalists for Kid of the Year out of 5,000 nominees between the ages of eight and 16 in the U.S.
TIME partnered with Nickelodeon to find the TIME’s first ever 2020 Kid of the Year. The five finalists will get to contribute to TIME, be a kids reporter for TIME for Kids and receive a cash prize.
McKenna uses his gardening skills to help fight hunger in the Austin area. In third grade, he built a community garden at his own Austin school to help his peers who were not getting enough food to eat at home. The garden was made with the help of equipment donations and other students helping in the garden.
“I learned that one in four kids at my school relied on school breakfast and lunch, and Austin went to bed hungry,” McKenna said.
Since then, Ian’s Giving Garden grew to five other Austin schools and in his own backyard. With the project, McKenna grew more than 20,000 pounds of organic produce (which can make almost 25,000 meals) that is given to families and food pantries.
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