Parade Grand Marshal 2020
aAfter learning that a Gwinnett County classmate did not have enough food at home and then discovering that teen food insecurity often causes students to engage in risky behaviors, Lauren Seroyer and her twin brother, Grant Seroyer, founded the (Community Assistance & Resource Effort) C.A.R.E. Closet. CARE Closets are pantries on wheels that “live” in private areas of high schools across the country and provide food and toiletries for high school students that are in need and their families.
In just two years, Lauren has established 15 CARE Closets in 5 states and has raised over $86,000. This includes the $25,000 grand prize from the United Way of Greater Atlanta’s “SPARK Gwinnett” Shark Tank competition where she entered as the ONLY teen contestant! She has also acquired partnerships with companies such as Toyota, Publix, State Farm, ANN Inc., Vital Voices, McDonald’s and many others.
Lauren was the 2016 McDonald’s 365Black Community Choice recipient, the 2017 recipient of the 100 Black Men of America’s National Youth Health & Wellness Award, the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Award recipient, she was recognized as a 2017 Young Futurist by “The Root”, and she also received the 2017 Woodrow Wilson Community Service Award, the 2018 Sodexo Stop Hunger national award, the 2018 Spirit of Anne Frank award and the 2018 United Ebony Society of Gwinnett County Robbie Susan Moore Scholarship.
She is currently a sophomore at Louisiana State University where she is the Student Government Association’s Asst. Director of Philanthropy, an LSU Ambassador, a Resident Assistant, and co-founder of the LSU Action Awareness Organization. She was named Citizen of the Year by the Tau Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Although, Lauren is extremely excited about these accomplishments, she is most proud of the difference that she and her brother are making for their peers all over the country!