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Erase NJ Schools Lunch Debt

$13,364 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 117 people in 12 months
Created June 9, 2017
NO CHILD SHOULD GO HUNGRY AT SCHOOL

STORY:

As someone who has experienced the public school lunch system, I can attest to the fact that it is vital for students to have access to a nutritious lunch to help them through their school day. In several schools across America, a child's hot meal is replaced with a cold sandwich when the child's family cannot afford to pay for their meal. The cold sandwich often comes with embarrassment and lunch shaming, which often leads children to stop eating altogether. "Holding children publicly accountable for unpaid school lunch bills — by throwing away their food, providing a less desirable alternative lunch or branding them with markers — is often referred to as “lunch shaming.”

The most upsetting aspect of this situation is that the student's lunch debt can follow them through high school and eventually get in the way of them graduating and receiving a diploma.

PURPOSE:

The purpose behind this GoFundMe page is to raise enough money to pay off the lunch debts in local public schools in New Jersey. Eventually, I would like to impact all schools in New Jersey and bring change to the lunch systems. Together, we can bring change to many students daily lives and raise awareness!

MEDIA COVERAGE:

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/09/news/economy/school-lunch-shaming-debt-crisis/


https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/30/well/family/lunch-shaming-children-parents-school-bills.html

For statistics, visit:
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2015/10/record_number_of_nj_kids_eating_free_or_reduced_br.html

HOW YOU CAN HELP:

Please donate whatever you can, even a dollar can make a difference! If you can't donate, please share and spread the word.  Thank you for your support!
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Raised by 117 people in 12 months
Created June 9, 2017
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