The Power of Blogging

I don’t know if this link will work in other countries but I wanted to share and apologies to those of you in the UK who will have heard about it.  This is what happens when a blog hits the news, it’s just brilliant! Perhaps school dinners don’t even exist in all of the places where my readers live, but in the UK for two pounds your child can be provided with a lunch. In some places around the country it willbe a healthy and nutritious meal that may even be better than they might get at home.  I believe that the state still provides a free meal for children whose  parents are on benefits or a very low income. Anyway here is the link,

14 thoughts on “The Power of Blogging

  1. This just shows how tiny this planet that we live on is. I saw a link to this girl’s blog awhile ago and left a comment. Today, at some training for school governors the whole fuss & ho-ha was mentioned and now – here it is again! Brilliant!

  2. Here the schools give breakfast and lunch for free to needy kids. In urban areas, when school is out in summer, lunch is provided in the parks for any kid in need. I honestly don’t know how the rural locations handle it…I’ll have to investigate.
    Good of you to highlight this issue and I agree with you re: blogging–such a powerful tool!!

  3. Frankly, her photos look a lot more appealing than the stuff my school cafeteria offered, but that was a long long time ago! If this leads to better school lunches, that’s great, and I’m glad she’s not being censored any more. (It always bothers me, though, when people get their problems resolved after getting the attention of the media. Not because the lucky person got what they deserved – it’s great that they’ll get fair treatment, but because only a certain percentage of mistreated people can get publicity. What about the others?)

    As for school lunches beyond the UK – when my kids were of school age here in New Jersey (USA), one of the forms we had to fill out at the beginning of every school year was an application for free or reduced price school lunches (if your income was higher than the requirements, you just checked that your child didn’t qualify and sent the form back with your signature). As far as I know, this is still a typical program – the lunches are subsidized by the US Department of Agriculture. I’ve read that in school districts with a large low-income population, schools often provide breakfast too. The basic idea, of course, is that (a) hungry children can’t pay attention in class and (b) children should have access to nutritious food.

  4. I heard about this on radio 4 earlier. What the school was thinking when they tried to stop her worries me.

  5. The concept of rating each lunch on her blog to raise money for charity, is excellent ~ but I find the headline about dinner ladies needing to lose their jobs disturbing. Unlike when I was at school, (when you ate what you were given) modern children do have choices ~ so I’m assuming that this little girl opted for the bizarre combination shown. My son took cheese sandwiches in his school lunchbox, every day for ten years ~ he refused anything else point blank but when his father asked why he didn’t have more variety he responded, ‘that’s all she gives me.’ !!!! 🙂

  6. This little girl’s dedication and comittment are so admirable. Even there are other choices, she should be allowed to photograph and speak out. In my kids’ school (I’m in the US) the lunches are substantial but so heavily processed I don’t think they are worthy of any child. There was an overhaul this year but processed meats, processed “cheese-foods” and deep-fried entrees still seem to dominate. My kids opt out; I make lunch to go every morning, which I recognize I am extremely fortunate to be able to do. Thanks for spreading the word, Gilly.

  7. Yes, it was all over the radio here…I listen to NPR and they interviewed the writer about Martha’s blog. I was impressed. Simple idea. Simple photos. No heavy pontificating… Magic! Hmmm. What’s the lesson in that? 😆 TY!

  8. Kudos to Martha. In Ghana, the government has introduced a school feeding programme in some deprived areas (both urban and rural) where school kids are provided with one main meal a day, mostly lunch. Not a bad idea, though, since this policy has led to the increase in school enrolmment. The quality of the food, however is another matter altogether and there have been cases where the kids have had diarrhoea after eating. On the whole, though, the quality of food has undergone some improvements in recent times.

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