A 9-year-old Scottish girl drew the ire of the local government by blogging and photographing her school lunches.
Martha Payne’s blog NeverSeconds chronicled the low points (sausage and bean pita pockets) and high points (macaroni and cheese) of her school lunches. Other kids from around the world started submitting photos of their school lunches too.
But last week the local government in Martha’s town banned photography in the lunch room essentially putting her blog out of business.
The Washington Post covered the controversy. From The Post:
“Under rules introduced over the past decade for British public schools, junk food is banned in vending machines, salt shakers are no longer allowed on lunch tables and deep-fried foods are strictly limited.”
“But the photos on Martha’s blog suggest room for improvement.”
“Martha, an aspiring journalist, began the blog in late April as a writing project with her father. With permission from her teachers, she posted photos of her school lunches alongside commentary on each meal’s tastiness, nutritional value, the number of mouthfuls it took to eat it and whether any hairs had been found.”
“This morning in maths I got taken out of class by my head teacher and taken to her office. I was told that I could not take any more photos of my school dinners because of a headline in a newspaper today.
I only write my blog not newspapers and I am sad I am no longer allowed to take photos. I will miss sharing and rating my school dinners and I’ll miss seeing the dinners you send me too. I don’t think I will be able to finish raising enough money for a kitchen for Mary’s Meals either.
I’m not sure what changed but it sounds like from her Friday blog she’ll be back.
“I think you know why I don’t have a picture today but I will have on Monday! Thanks to everyone that has helped to get my blog back on track. I would have missed writing it a lot and I’m looking forward to sharing my dinners and yours.”
“I worried yesterday that I would never reach enough money to buy a Mary’s Meal kitchen in Malawi (31 seconds!) but we have raised a total of £45,889.46 which is more than one kitchen! It could be many kitchens or one kitchen feeding many children for years.”
“A small thank you isn’t enough so here’s a big THANK YOU to you all!
See you on Monday”
Her blog has more than 5 million page views.
First off I adore her spunk and her voice. I love that she wants be a writer and is practicing her art. I love that she’s causing a stir. Good for her!
Should more kids hold their schools accountable for what they are serving by shooting it and posting the photos? Would it help improve school lunches?