When 8-year-old Ian McKenna learned about classmates going hungry, he started donating produce from gardens he planted and cultivated himself. Today he’s grown and donated over 2,500 pounds of fresh produce to his neighbors living with food insecurity.
RecognizeGood honored Ian McKenna with the 74th RecognizeGood® Legend award in a presentation at Liberal Arts and Science Academy (7309 Lazy Creek Drive, Austin TX 78724) on Tuesday, May 8, 2018. During this event, RecognizeGood made a $1,000 pay-it-forward donation to Katie’s Krops in Ian’s name.
When Ian McKenna was eight years old, he found out that some of his classmates did not have access to food outside of school. That got his wheels turning. Before long he’d successfully created a garden at his school growing fresh produce available to anyone. In its first year, Ian’s garden produced over 750 pounds of food for his hungry neighbors – but that was just the beginning! Since then, Ian has launched another garden in his own backyard, provided over 2500 pounds of food to those who need it most, and even worked with local chefs to organize a free dinner that fed over 350 people.
As a 2018 Legend, Ian is now eligible to participate in RecognizeGood’s Say Thanks Austin campaign, an annual event which presents Central Texas with a unique opportunity to say “thank you” to a group of remarkable individuals who contribute their time and talents to our community. The participant with the most Thank You votes receives a pay-it-forward donation of $10,000 to the nonprofit of their choice.