The school lunch that went viral

UPDATE: Last month, 9-year-old Scottish schoolgirl Marth Payne became an internet talking point by blogging pictures of her school lunches. But after making headlines around the world, she was banned by the local council from doing so. As for the reason, the council sited: “unwarranted attacks on its schools catering service which culminated in national press headlines which have led catering staff to fear for their jobs.”

Martha wrote on her blog: “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. Goodbye, VEG”

However, thanks to an enormous media and social media campaign, the ban has been lifted and Martha will continue to blog. She’s also raised £45,889 for charity.

Here’s what we previously reported:

In the hope that she would provoke some kind of a response, Martha began taking photos of her lunch every day and putting it on her blog, NeverSeconds. She also rated each lunch for taste, healthiness and the number of hairs she found in it each day.

Hairy macaroni & cheese. No vegetables. Tiny portions. These are just some of the problems 9-year-old Scottish schoolgirl Martha Payne was facing when she sat down to eat her school lunch everyday. Not the lunches her parents packed for her – the lunches that the school was providing for her and the other primary school students.

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And soon enough, people began to sit up and take notice. Especially Jamie Oliver. Tweeting to Martha’s dad, Jamie wrote: “Shocking but inspirational blog. Keep going, Big love from Jamie x.”

The moment Jamie Oliver stepped in, Martha’s dad was asked to meet with the local council to talk about improving the school lunch menu. The kids are now allowed unlimited amounts of fruit, bread and salads and there are new systems in place to make sure that everyone gets enough.

What did you eat when you went to school? If you have kids, what do you put in their lunch boxes? What do you think of the response from the school and the local council?