School lunch blogger ban lifted in Scotland

Nine-year-old Martha Payne can photograph her school lunches once again for her wildly popular NeverSeconds blog. Faced with a storm of protest, the Argull and Bute Council lifted its cafeteria photo ban, reports the BBC.

The Scottish school girl’s blog, which rates meals on a “food-o-meter,” has recorded more than three million hits.

Among the pictures Martha published on her blog was one featuring her £2 lunch of a pizza slice, a croquette, sweetcorn and a cupcake.

Martha wrote: “I’m a growing kid and I need to concentrate all afternoon and I can’t do it on one croquette. Do any of you think you could?”

A newspaper published a photograph of Martha with a chef under the headline “Time to fire the dinner ladies.” The school catering staff was “in tears,” a council executive said.

The publicity helped Martha reach her charitable goal: Her blog has raised enough money to fund a kitchen in Malawi for children receiving Mary’s Meals.

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  1. The power of the press sometimes works in the right direction…

    She’s up to 4 million hits now!

  2. Her blog is great, but the aim of the newspaper article was misdirected I suspect that as in the U.S., the lunch ladies don’t determine the menu, the district (or Scottish equivalent) does.