As Children Head Back to School, GoFundMe Community Raises More Than $375,000 to Erase School Lunch Debt
Across the country, community members are using GoFundMe to raise awareness of school “lunch shaming” and pay off outstanding lunch debt
Redwood City, California | August 22, 2017 — Many more children are heading back to school with a clean slate thanks to the more than 100 campaigns on GoFundMe that have raised over $375,000 to erase school lunch debt. Community members have started these campaigns to pay off the accounts of children whose families couldn’t afford them. Some of these children would experience “lunch shaming” when in debt, where they’d be given cold food or even made to wear bracelets that would set them apart from other students.
Today, GoFundMe is releasing a new centralized location for all campaigns helping to eliminate lunch debt in our communities. We want to make it as easy as possible for GoFundMe donors to support to an existing campaign or to create a new campaign to eliminate lunch debt. To view the campaigns, please visit: https://pages.gofundme.com/lunchdebt/
This movement to end school lunch debt started late last year, but truly started gaining steam in May, thanks to the actions of Seattle father Jeff Lew, who has so far raised nearly $100,000 to erase lunch debt in his community’s school districts. Many campaign organizers on GoFundMe have been inspired by Mr. Lew and news stories, and together they’re continuing to work to improve the school lunch experience for all American children.
Notable Lunch Debt Campaigns
1. NO LUNCH MONEY - Phoenix, AZ ($5,030 raised)
2. No School Lunch Debt in MPUSD - Monterey, CA ($3,230)
3. What's for lunch? Not much. - Littleton, CO ($17,632)
4. Students lunch debt - Rossville, GA ($5,055)
5. School Lunch Relief Program - Perry, KS ($2,007)
6. Help Kids In Need Eat Lunch - Portland, OR ($28,209)
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