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Martha Payne : A Nine Year Old Inspires Change to School Lunches

By Allana Mortell | June 18, 2012

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The internet has always been a hotbed resource for sharing, reaching out and creating conversation with the world, but one nine year old girl from Western Scotland has revolutionized and single-handedly affected change on one food-oriented, political issue disturbing us all : that of the school lunch.

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Martha Payne created her food blog, “NeverSeconds,” over three months ago as a project to document and shed light on the options for food at her school. Describing the blog as “one primary school pupil’s daily dose of school dinners,”she posts photos of her meals on a lunch tray along with a rating system which covers everything from “number of bites” to “food-o-meter”. The blog quickly took off, garnering more than 2 million views in a matter of weeks. During that same time, Martha has been raising money for a charity close to her heart, Mary’s Meals, which provides daily meals to over 600,000 school children in 16 different countries including Kenya, Malawi, Liberia and Haiti. Before Martha’s story had reached international headlines, the young girl had helped raised about $15,000 towards Mary’s Meals but since today, donations had exploded past $127,000.  Read More

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