On Wednesday, September 6, at noon, Berkmar High School will unveil new technology that will help ensure hungry students at the school always have enough to eat. The school is teaming up with Verii, a snack and refreshment company, to launch an app that will track inventory in the school’s Community Assistance and Resource Effort (CARE) Closet. The CARE Closet is a “confidential food pantry” stocked with non-perishable food for high school students who don’t have enough food to eat at home, but are too embarrassed to ask for help. The idea was founded by twins Lauren and Steven Seroyer, who attend Peachtree Ridge High School.
In addition to tracking inventory, Verii’s technology also will monitor when supplies are taken from the closet and it will be linked to the Atlanta Community Food Bank which will assist with restocking the closet. At the launch, Berkmar students, teachers, as well as representatives from Verii will be available to discuss the food pantry and the use of the Verii app.
The first CARE Closet was implemented at Peachtree Ridge High School in 2015. Today there are CARE Closets at Berkmar, Lanier, Discovery, and Meadowcreek high schools, as well as in schools in Alabama, West Virginia, and New Jersey.