Students feed their friends

A campaign by twin Gwinnett County high school students to help feed the rising number of classmates in need got a boost Monday from Publix.

The grocery chain delivered boxes of food to Central Gwinnett High. It’s part of an effort by the students to organize food pantries, which they call Community Assistance and Resource Effort closets, in every Gwinnett high school.

The students, Lauren and Steven Seroyer, attend Peachtree Ridge High School and began a CARE Closet there during the 2015-16 school year after a classmate told them he didn’t have much food at home.

The United Way has since awarded a $25,000 grant toward the effort. Central Gwinnett is the second Gwinnett high school to have a CARE Closet.

Gwinnett, like many Georgia school districts, has seen a rise in recent years in the percentage of students eligible for free and reduced-price school meals, a indicator of poverty.

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