TRENTON, N.J. — A teenage girl who helps homebound people ensure that their pets are nourished is the latest person to be named a “New Jersey Hero.”

First Lady Mary Pat Christie announced the honor for 16-year-old Jordyn Cascone on Tuesday. The Mercer County girl is the founder of Jordyn’s Cause 4 Paws.

The program began as a Girl Scout Silver Award project. But Cascone continued and further developed it into a nonprofit that has partnered with Meals on Wheels.

Cause 4 Paws provides food for dogs, cats, birds and fish and distributes roughly 150 pet meals a month to 40 households. The organization has delivered more than 50,000 pet food meals since 2014 and spends nearly $8,000 a year on maintaining a pet food supply.

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