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.
â€śAnd I wanted to do the same thing, except do a lemonade stand because I didnâ€™t know what GoFundMe was,â€ť said Van Hill.
With her little sister, she sold lemonade in Hayden Idaho.Â The first day, they made $40, enough to wipe out the lunch debt at her school.Â But she felt it wasn’t enough.
â€śOther kids know that their parents canâ€™t pay the lunch debt off,” says Van Hill. “But itâ€™s not the kids’ fault â€“ itâ€™s not the kids or the parentsâ€™ fault that the kid canâ€™t get lunch.â€ť
Rachel Van Hill started a GoFundMe campaign to support her daughters’ efforts.Â Together, they raised $23,000 which paid off the lunch debt for the entire Coeur d’Alene School District.
â€śSheâ€™s probably providing a bandaid to be honest with you,” says Rachel Van Hill, “but at the same time I think sheâ€™s shedding light on a topic we probably should be discussing and probably changing a lot of the policies around it.â€ť