Using Technology to Fight Hunger
365 Retail Markets and Lightspeed Automation partner to support Care Closet efforts
By: Rebecca Sibole
Did you know that 64% of low-income parents say it would be difficult to feed their children if they encountered an unexpected expense, like a car repair or medical bill?
Did you know 1 in 6 kids in America is poor enough to face hunger? They live in every kind of community, from cities to rural towns to affluent suburbs.
Did you know most teachers spend $300 of their own money each year buying food for hungry students?
Did you know kids are coming to school hungry? Not every kid starts the day with a good breakfast. 59% of children from low-income families have to come to school hungry.
Did you know being hungry makes it hard to learn? Kids who are hungry can’t focus and do well in school. 46% of children from low-income families say hunger hurts their performance in school. 12% say that sometimes at night they’re too distracted by hunger to do their homework.
Did you know that 74% of educators see students who regularly come to school hungry because they are not getting enough to eat at home? 43% of these see hungry students arrive nearly every day.
365 Retail Markets is excited to announce that they have partnered with the team at Lightspeed Automation to donate their technologies to the Care Closet program and local food banks to help overcome the hunger epidemic our nation’s kids are facing.
On September 6, 2017 members from 365 Retail Markets traveled to Berkmar High School in Lilburn, Georgia to launch their technology with the team of teachers and administrators supporting the Care Closet program within the school of 3,300 students. Also joining the 365 team in supporting the efforts were representatives from Lightspeed Automation, Five Star Food Service and G&J Marketing & Sales.
The 365 Retail Markets Verii technology will help the teachers track inventory in their Care Closet using an app, manage the items needed while keeping all student information anonymous, and identify students’ needs and trends from analysis reporting. The Lightspeed Automation Level technology will help the schools connect with local communities and food banks based on specific wants and needs of the students.
The Care Closet program is doing their part to help students get the basic needs that are absolutely essential for their academic success.
The Care Closet is a confidential school-based food pantry, found in schools throughout Gwinnett county Georgia, and surrounding states. The pantry is sponsored by various high school clubs, local businesses and non-profit organization as they help support their peers and community members.
This program was founded by two high school students as a response to an issue that cannot be ignored. It’s not simply an informational resource; it serves as an immediate and tangible fix for a very solvable problem.
Each day 13 million kids in the US face hunger. They come to school and leave school hungry, leaving them unable to concentrate, perform or focus when their most basic needs are not being met.
Getting the energy they need to learn and grow can be a day-in and day-out challenge. Hunger deprives our kids of more than just food. A child’s chance for a bright tomorrow starts with getting enough healthy food to eat today. 365 Retail Markets recognizes the impact made today helps our kids succeed tomorrow and is motivated to continue supporting the Care Closet program.