Scottish Schoolgirl Campaigns for Better Lunches

I’ve recently heard of 9-year-old Martha Payne’s funny blog, NeverSeconds.

Martha’s a Scottish schoolgirl and she’s on a campaign for better school lunches, and her blog, just two months old, has topped 1 million hits and has been featured in a number of publications (for example, here.)

(courtesy David Payne/Martha Payne)

Martha didn’t happen on her foodie-activism by accident; she lives on a farm where her parents raise sheep and pigs for meat and grow their own vegetables.

When my family and I lived in Scotland–where Martha lives–we were a little bit really appalled by what we saw schoolkids eating. I’m not sure what the deal was, but the schoolkids around us were let out for lunch and snacks and, by all appearances, they lived on chips (french fries), crisps (potato chips), chocolate bars, and ramen noodles.

Children are growing so rapidly, and how well they learn depends so much on how well they’re being fed–they deserve to eat well!

{via Martha’s blog…one of her school meals. Looks a little…sad.}

Browse for school lunch petitions!

Read more about feeding children well here, here, and here. Oh, and here.

2 thoughts on “Scottish Schoolgirl Campaigns for Better Lunches

  1. My Aunt is from Scotland and she used to joke that there where 7 food groups in Scotland the three extra being alcohol, sugar, and chocolate. Apparently the nutritional issues there aren’t all that new since my Aunt is in her 50’s now.

  2. Love Martha’s photos. She really captures the sadness of those lunches! And isn’t it great that her school supports her efforts, rather than tries to stifle her?


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