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Jamie Oliver’s Newest Ally Is 9-Year-Old Blogger

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By May 15th, the site had received so much media attention the local Council showed up at the school, along with a reporter. Jamie Oliver caught wind of the blog, tweeted it to his thousands of followers, and sent her a signed copy of his “Great Britain” book of recipes, calling her a “clever girl” and telling her to “Keep it up!!”

Apparently the Council was not amused and went on national radio to accuse Martha of simply making bad choices. That did not sit well with the Argyll Rural School Network (ARSN). On May 16th, the ForArgyll Web site posted the ARSN press statement:

The revelation that some children in Argyll & Bute are being fed inadequate meals at school is of huge concern to ARSN.  Equally appalling is the Council’s response which was to use national radio to blame a 9 year old and her parents.  This is symptomatic of a council unable to treat, and respond to, criticism in a constructive manner.  Rather than look into the problem they simply shoot the messenger.  We are aware that some of our schools deliver first class lunches for all their pupils and see no reason why this child should settle for less.

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5:30AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

So a local authority runs scared not out of a young schoolgirl's (an intending journalist) blog but, in reality, of an irresponsible headline in a cheap newspaper. Doesn't this prove the need to hold the Leveson inquiry? Martha, you may be a budding journalist, but it could be wise to consider an alternative career.

5:18AM PDT on Jun 16, 2012

This is a 9 year old child for goodness sake, she is to be applauded for her efforts not only from an educational point of view in terms of her blog, but also the fantastic job she is doing fundraising, it is very sad that this has been hijacked for political ends, however as usual with these things she has had the last laugh! Amazing over £45k now!

4:57AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

At my secondary school they offer a range of food that is meant to be "healthy" but does not look or taste healthy in the slightest. On a Friday, we have Fish And Chips (Being a Catholic School) however there seems to be more batter than fish and the fish is extremely oily. There has been one day where I found an Egg shell in my cake (Salmonella much!). I study catering at GCSE so I have been taught how things should be cooked and prepared and how they should be portioned. Ok I get portioning and portion control but it is just ridiculous portioning they give us! In a lasagna, there is so much oil that drips from it (Lasagna shouldn't even have oil!).
I think this is a Nationwide epidemic that the Government need to fix NOW!

4:28AM PDT on Jun 15, 2012

my 15 year old son told me the other day that they have 1 option for dinner, and if you dont like it then you go hungry, also no drink is included in the £2. my son had one day for lunch, 1 turkey drummer, 2 new potatoes & a teaspoon of veg, with a jelly for afters. He told me he couldnt concentrate in lessons because he was hungry & the food was cold. Good on this girl for highlighting a national problem. Bring back larger portions

12:28AM PDT on Jun 10, 2012

Why can't we make home made food for kid's schools?

11:25AM PDT on May 29, 2012

Smart girl!!

12:19PM PDT on May 28, 2012

A good idea! Thanks for the info

3:35PM PDT on May 26, 2012

Kudos to this child for speaking truth despite power's efforts to silence her!

11:55PM PDT on May 25, 2012


7:12AM PDT on May 25, 2012

Good for Martha!

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