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9-Year-Olds School Lunch Blog Silenced By Politicians

9-Year-Olds School Lunch Blog Silenced By Politicians

Never Seconds school lunch blog reopens after receiving huge amount of public support…

Never Seconds, a blog started by 9-year-old Martha Payne, a student at Lirangwe Primary School in western Scotland, was launched simply to document the standard of her school lunches. The blog went viral within days and racked up over a million views in the first week, but it was soon to be shut down by threatened politicians.

Top newspapers such as Time, The Telegraph, and The Daily Mail, as well as numerous food blogs quickly published articles about the blog, and Martha even got support from TV chef Jamie Oliver, star of Jamie’s school Dinners.

In true charity spirit, by her 19th post Martha realized that she could redirect some of the attention to the cause. She asked her followers to donate whatever they could afford to a charity called Mary’s Meals that funds school food in Africa.

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A Photo From Martha’s School Lunch Blog, Never Seconds.

Image Credit: Never Seconds, 2012.

She started the donations by sending 50 pounds she received from a magazine for publishing her photos, and within a few months, Never Seconds had donated over 2000 pounds.

However not everyone was in support of Martha’s new project, and shortly after receiving so much hype she was silence by the local Argyll and Bute Council, who told the school to ban her from taking a camera to school.

With news of the blog in jepordy an increasing amount of public support begin to roll. Within 12 hours 214 news articles worldwide had been published, and additional half-million pageviews hit the NeverSeconds blog, and almost 1,000 comments were posted on her Goodbye post. During this time the pageview counter on the was updating about once per second.

Disappointingly, the Argyll and Bute Council responded by releasing a ‘jawdroppingly unkind and accusatory statement that also appears to misrepresent what actually happened,’ even though it’s clearly documented that Martha’s father cleared the photo project with the teachers at her school – but never took part himself – and she did not criticise the staff, only the lunches.

Mary’s Meals reported that NeverSeconds’ supporters exceed the £2,000 she hoped to raise, and have since donated enough to build an entire new kitchen in Lirangwe Primary School, in Blantyre, Malawi.

Thankfully just three hours after the defensive statement was issued, the head of the Argyll and Bute Council, Roddy McCuish, announced that the ban was being lifted due to a request from Scotland’s education minister and vast pressure from social media.

Now with the site back up everyone can head on over and see just how terrible school lunches are. Readers continually share their lunches from schools around the world, so you get see exactly what different countries are feeding our future generations at these respected places of learning.

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  1. 9-Year-Old School Lunch Blogger Silenced By Politicians (Updated). Gizmodo, 06/15/2012.

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