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.
“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.”