Truthfully, I need this girl telling people to read my blog more than she needs me telling people to read hers. Still, Never Seconds is a really great project started by Martha Payne, a nine-year-old girl in Scotland to chronicle her unfortunate school lunches. It’s gone viral and other students from around the world have been sending in photos of their lunches as well. Seemed a fitting follow-up to yesterday’s post about the dismal state of many Nova Scotia school cafeterias.
I was reading an article in The Star about the small (but mighty) victory she’s achieved through this blog – additional fruit and veg upon request – and was sorely disappointed by some of the comments posted by readers. A couple of them suggested that because this girl’s mother is a doctor that she should be bringing a lunch from home. Regardless of the reasons for each student to be eating school lunches they should all be provided with palatable and nutritious meals. I don’t know why the readers making these comments seem to think that they’re in a position to pass judgement and I wonder if they think that it’s okay for children who can’t afford to bring healthy lunches from home to be fed meagre nutritionally lacking meals at school. Someone else commented that the meal posted with the article (white rice, corn, spring rolls, and soup with noodles) looked good. While it’s not the least nutritious lunch I’ve ever seen it’s far from ideal. It’s mostly beige, where are the leafy greens and the colourful veg? Where is the protein? Why should children have to settle for nutritionally lacking meals? Props to Martha for taking a stand!
Unfortunate Update: An article from June 14th states that Martha’s blog has been shut-down due to her being banned from bringing a camera into school by the school board.
Yet another update: Following a huge public outcry, Martha’s blog has been once again given the green light and raised considerably more money. Read more here.