Meet the boy who's helping pay off his classmates' school lunch debts

The Oakdale 6 year old is a veteran fundraiser.
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A schoolboy's effort to raise money to pay off his classmates' school lunch debt is nearing its $1,000 goal.

Kindergartener Max Weimer, with the help of his mom Sarah Fossen, has been running his fundraising campaign for Oakdale Elementary School since late August.

A few months on, the 6-year-old's efforts have almost fully paid off, as the fundraiser is just $60 away from reaching its $1,000 goal on GoFundMe.

The money will be used to cover lunches for kids with no money in their accounts, as well as paying for any other school supplies for children in financial need.

Writing on Facebook, Fossen said her son "has a huge heart and knows the importance of taking care of your neighbors and being an active part of the community we live in."

For all his young age, Max is becoming a fundraising veteran, with FOX 9 reporting that he helped raise $1,000 this past spring when the school needed $20,000 for new play equipment.

This time around, he was inspired into action when he learned that Oakdale Elementary's principal and another teacher ended up paying for some of the school lunch debt run up by students last year.

While his mother had the idea, Max did a lot of the leg-work encouraging family, friends and even strangers to part with their money to help out his classmates.

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His latest fundraising exploit bears hallmarks of a similar campaign in St. Paul last year, which saw the entire school lunch debt of St. Paul's student body paid off after a fundraiser created in the memory of Philando Castile raised an incredible $106,000.

It comes amid a wider movement calling for schools to end "school lunch shaming," where students who have racked up lunch debts are given different meals despite Minnesota laws stating school staff can't do that.

Those who accumulate school lunch debt tend to have an income that is just above the cut-off for free lunches, who ultimately get behind on their payments.

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