AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - Kids are out of school and enjoying summer vacation, but for one rising high school student, this summer is all about giving back to her community.
McKenzie Dutton, 14, starts high school in just a few short months, and she already has big plans for the school year.
"I'm going to be doing Buddy Club, which is walking around special needs children at my school, and I'll be doing FCCLA, the Future Community Career Leaders of America," McKenzie said.
But before the school year even starts, she's trying to help out a local food bank. McKenzie is trying to collect 2,000 cans of food to help Golden Harvest Food Bank.
"I feel like no one should go hungry," she said. "I get breakfast, lunch and dinner and a snack, and I feel like each and every person should get that opportunity to have a snack and have a drink or get the same thing I get, too."
Carrie Jones, special events manager at Golden Harvest, said seeing someone as young as McKenzie help is an example to other kids her age.
"To have her at this age come in and want to be involved, we just love to see it when the kids get involved with us," Jones said. "It shows them what's going on in the community. And them helping others, and that's a very important piece is just getting them involved to help others that are in need, especially here in our area."
"There's always people that need more things than I do. I feel like I'm not wealthy, but I feel like I have a lot more things than other people should, and I just feel like they should get the opportunities I do too," Dutton said.
There's still time to help McKenzie reach her goal, and to help feed those in need in Augusta. To donate to her collection goal, click here for more information.