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GOLDSBORO, N.C.-  MacKenzie Hinson is not like most 12-year-old girls.

She spends a majority of her time in the Make A Difference Food Pantry, which serves more than 1,200 families a month.

Hinson also happens to be the owner and operator of the pantry.

She was inspired to open her own organization, which is certified with the state, after volunteering at other food banks and learning the statistics on childhood hunger.

Hinson receives about 90 percent of her operating costs from fundraising, which she does mostly through local restaurants and other businesses.

Her future hopes are to expand the Make A Difference Food Pantry into a 10,000 square foot warehouse, so she can help even more families in need.

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