I remember the horrible school lunches I had as a kid. Pasta Mondays, Tuna Surprise Tuesdays, and “Are you sure this is really food?” specials every other day of the week. I didn’t realize until I was an adult that spaghetti noodles weren’t supposed to be incredibly mushy and accompanied by meat-colored hockey pucks.
If only blogging had been ubiquitous back then, I could’ve railed against the injustice of those so-called lunches. But who am I kidding? There wasn’t even a web, much less “web logging.” So I and my fellow students suffered the culinary travesties that were slopped onto our trays.
Well, that’s not good enough for today’s generation. There are fierce tools available now, and it’s great to see at least one savvy kid using them.
Little 9-year-old Martha Payne of Scotland became a champion for healthier school lunches when she started blogging micro-reviews (complete with nutritional info) of the pathetic meals coming out of her school’s cafeteria. I could try to describe them, but really the pictures say it all:
Not just sad, but sometimes gross as well. At times, the plate featured more hair than actual nutrition. (Eww.)
The little blogger barely got started cranking out posts before her project got international attention (including from chef and school-lunch activist Jamie Oliver). Seems all it takes to get a school district’s attention is a little media spotlight. The local council met a couple of weeks ago and decided that students would be allowed to have unlimited salad, fruit and bread. And wouldn’t you know, meanwhile the lunches started looking better and better.
Nice going, Martha. Let us know if you’re interested in blogging about consumer tech fails too. There are a few manufacturers who could use a swift kick in the right direction.