In North Idaho, as a six year old girl raises money to wipe out school lunch debt across the state, adults are taking notice and contributing to her cause.

When her mom read a news story about a man in Seattle who paid overdue school lunch bills with a GoFundMe account, she figured that she could do the same thing.

“And I wanted to do the same thing, except do a lemonade stand because I didn’t know what GoFundMe was,” said Van Hill.

With her little sister, she sold lemonade in Hayden Idaho.  The first day, they made $40, enough to wipe out the lunch debt at her school.  But she felt it wasn’t enough.

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“Other kids know that their parents can’t pay the lunch debt off,” says Van Hill. “But it’s not the kids’ fault – it’s not the kids or the parents’ fault that the kid can’t get lunch.”

Rachel Van Hill started a GoFundMe campaign to support her daughters’ efforts.  Together, they raised $23,000 which paid off the lunch debt for the entire Coeur d’Alene School District.

“She’s probably providing a bandaid to be honest with you,” says Rachel Van Hill, “but at the same time I think she’s shedding light on a topic we probably should be discussing and probably changing a lot of the policies around it.”

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