LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Keeping up with your child's overdue lunch fees can be a daunting task. One mom in Cabot is doing what she can to help lower her child's account balance along with many other students in the Cabot School District.

Monica Spaulding created the Cabot School Lunch fund just last week and has already raised nearly $1,000. But after meeting with the district yesterday, she raised the goal to $16,000.

“We were trying to figure out what to do this year and every idea we had consisted of more money,” said Spaulding. She’s hoping to teach her kids the true meaning of Christmas.

“And at that exact moment, I got an email saying my sons school balance was in the negative,” she added.

Currently, students in the district have an overdue lunch balance totaling more than $16,000.

With help from the community, Spaulding is working to lower that debt by January 1st, 2018.

“It's going to take a bit to make a dent in some of the accounts, all of them are at $10.00 or less,” said Superintendent Tony Thurman.

The Cabot School Lunch fund will help students in need pay off their fees, but the district will wait to see how much money is raised before they decide who receives help.

“Anytime that we have someone in the community that wants to give back and help kids, you can only be appreciative of that,” Thurman said.

Students can charge a maximum of $10.00 at lunch, but once that credit is reached the account is locked to monitor charges and an alternative lunch is provided.

“It's the one way we can let parents know we need them to step up and make a payment. We will work with you,” said Thurman.

"I understand that people think Cabot has a ton of money and they should feed them all for free. That would be great if it was something they could do, but it’s not,” Spaulding said. “This is for the student’s parents who are truly struggling and just can’t do it."

You can donate through this Facebook page or at any Federal Credit Union in the state, just mention Spaulding’s name and the cause.

The district wants students and parents to know that this is not a green to light to stop paying lunch fees all together.