School dinner blog is internet hit and trends on Twitter

A nine year-old schoolgirl has become an internet star after posting photos of her school’s ‘pretty horrible’ lunches on her blog. Now TV chef Jamie Oliver, who has campaigned for healthy meals, is a fan.

Martha Payne started her website, appropriately named NeverSeconds, with the permission of her school, the Daily Mail reports. She photographed her £2 school lunches and wrote a blog about them every day, adding a rating under her ‘Food-o-meter, with permission from teachers at her (unidentified) school.

A typical blog reads:

The pizza in was alright but I’d have enjoyed more than 1 croquet. I’m a growing kid and I need to concentrate all afternoon and I can’t do it on 1 croquette. Do any of you think you could?

Food-o-meter- 6/10
Mouthfuls- forgot to count but not enough!
Courses- main/dessert
Health Rating- 4/10
Price- £2
Pieces of hair- 0!

After three months, the blog suddenly took off with over 40,000 hits in one day and 105,000 visits. Martha has been compared to campaigning chef Jamie Oliver and her father, who supervises the blog, got a Tweet from him: ‘Shocking but inspirational blog. Keep going. Big love from Jamiex’

Martha lives on the west coast of Scotland and improvements in school meals don’t appear to have been implemented there. However, in a recent blog she wrote: ‘I love Mexican food and today’s Chicken Fajita was very nice and enjoyable,’ so perhaps her campaign to improve school dinners is finally making a difference!

Are meals at your school as bad as Martha’s? Do your pupils get the nourishment they need? Let us know what you think.

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