Posts Tagged ‘Friends of NeverSeconds’

Martha and Jamie on the One Show

October 17, 2012
Martha and Jamie on the  One Show

Martha and Jamie on the One Show

NeverSeconds Martha Payne carrying water in Malawi

NeverSeconds Martha Payne carrying water in Malawi

Just asked Martha what she enjoyed most at One Show. “When Jamie Oliver produced a photo of me and asked for my autograph!” she grinned. – David Payne, father of Martha

The One Show is a tacky TV programme on BBC One, presenters with plastic smile, patronising and condescending the the audience, makes my skin crawl. Not a programme I would normally choose to watch, but very very occasionally it is worth watching.

One such evening a couple of nights ago was when Jamie Oliver and Martha Payne were guests on the One Show.

Few people can have done more than chef Jamie Oliver to raise awareness of the rubbish schools are feeding kids. All his hard work has systematically been undone by the ConDem government. Dogs have higher standards than kids have for school dinners.

But as Jamie says, the ConDem government will not be around for much longer, whereas he will still be around.

Kids only get one chance. There is a disconnect in the brains of parents who take their children to eat at McDonald’s. We have an epidemic of childhood obesity.

Lessons are not being learnt. In the USA, an explosion in childhood obesity followed a relaxation of the standards for school meals, a relaxation of physical exercise, and to make matters even worse, many schools are granting fast food outlets concessions to operate on school premises.

The London 2012 Olympics was sponsored by Coca-Cola, McDonald’s and Cadbury’s. What message did that send out to children, an Olympics that was supposed to leave a sporting legacy (though no one has yet to see any evidence of this sporting legacy).

Children need good nutrition when at school (for kids from poor and/or dysfunctional families, it may be the only decent meal they get). Kids need to learn about food, how it is grown, how it is prepared, these are basic life skills.

If anyone has done even more than Jamie Oliver to raise food awareness, it is nine-year-old Martha Payne and her food blog NeverSeconds, a blog pathetic jobsworh at her local council tried to shut down.

Since the summer, NeverSeconds has had guest blogs from schoolchildren from around the world.

Martha has recently returned from Malawi, where she opened a school kitchen called Friends of NeverSeconds. It was Martha, through her blog, who raised the funds for Friends of NeverSeconds.

Martha has been nominated for the Derek Cooper food award. I cannot think of a more deserving recipient and was pleased to have been one of those who nominated her.

Martha does not just write her blog, she also works on the family smallholding, and she knows how to cook.

BBC once again shoots itself in the foot. This programme is only available on-line until 22 October 2012. Hopefully some kind soul will upload to youtube.

On the One Show says Martha in Malawi on BBC Scotland on iPlayer, but fails to provide a link. Why only Scotland?

Luckily Martha provided a link on her blog.

The Malawi trip is also only going to be on-line until 22 October 2012. What is wrong with the BBC?

Following their appearance on the One Show, they went to eat at Union Jacks, a restaurant owned by Jamie Oliver.

Food Blogger Martha Payne nominated for Great Scot Award and a trip planed to Malawi

August 2, 2012
NeverSeconds Great Scot Award nomination

NeverSeconds Great Scot Award nomination

It’s been a great week. At last I can tell you that I have been nominated for the Great Scot Award this year!  — Martha Payne

Martha Payne aka Veg who writes the excellent food blog NeverSeconds has been nominated for a Great Scott Award.

It’s been a great week. At last I can tell you that I have been nominated for the Great Scot Award this year! A really nice lady came with her cameras and took lots of photos. I had my Mary’s Meal t-shirt on and my Mary’s Meals mug with me. I don’t know who nominated me but I think it’s really for everyone that has supported Mary’s Meals. I am visiting the Friends of NeverSeconds kitchen in Malawi when the ceremony takes place so if we win I can share the award with all the children. Fingers crossed.

It would be hard to think of anyone more deserving for the work she has done on raising food awareness around the world. She has also, with the help of her friends and supporters worldwide, seen off bully boys from her local council who tried to shut down her blog.

In September she will be going to Malawi to inaugurate the kitchen for which she with the help of her friends and supporters has raised over £110,000. The kitchen will be called Friends of NeverSeconds.

Not bad for a nine-year-old lass!

Cooking is a basic life skill that everyone should be taught. That together with from where does our food come.

It is often treated as a joke, that children do not know where food comes from, but sadly it is all too true.

Contrast Martha with Coca-Cola and McDonald’s as main sponsors of the London 2012 Olympics. With an epidemic of childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes, which these sponsors are helping to fuel, what message does it send out?

I have nominated Martha and NeverSeconds for the Food and Farming Awards, will you?

I cannot think of a more deserving recipient for the Derek Cooper Award than Martha and NeverSeconds as a writer who has raised awareness of food, especially with children, and raised more than £100,000 for a food kitchen in Malawi for schoolchildren, to be called Friends of NeverSeconds.

Martha Payne talks about NeverSeconds and Mary’s Kitchen

July 1, 2012
The girl who beat the bureaucrats

The girl who beat the bureaucrats

winner of prestigious Jamie Oliver food award

winner of prestigious Jamie Oliver food award

cooking porridge in Malawi

cooking porridge in Malawi

Martha Payne £100k raised for a kitchen in Malawi

Martha Payne £100k raised for a kitchen in Malawi

I am pleased to be able to report NeverSeconds has been awarded a prestigious food award from Jamie Oliver.

Congratulations Martha, it was well deserved.

Martha Payne is a nine-year-old primary school girl who writes NeverSeconds, a highly respected food blog about her school dinners. It is well-written, articulate, thoughtful and intelligent.

NeverSeconds is a delight to read.

A couple of weeks ago, worthless jobsworth at her local council acting like a bunch of playground bullies tried to close her blog down. Such was the public outcry they were forced to back down.

Martha has stimulated worldwide interest in food. At a time of increasing childhood obesity, when children are suffering type 2 diabetes (a disease usually associated with late middle age), when the food industry is peddling junk food aimed at children, then Martha is a breath of fresh air.

She has successfully improved the meals at her own school: better choice, bigger portions, more nutritious and appetising.

Martha does not just write about her school dinners. She invites comments from around the world. She has also raised over £100,000 for a kitchen for school children in Malawi. This will be called Friends of NeverSeconds.

To celebrate raising £100k, Martha held a Porridge Party, porridge being one of the staple foods in Malawi.

This lunchtime on the Food Programme on BBC Radio 4 it was said writers of food blogs were now more influential than food writers. Though they did not mention NeverSeconds.

At the end of the programme they invited nominations for Food and Farming Awards. I have nominated Martha and NeverSeconds, will you?

I cannot think of a more deserving recipient for the Derek Cooper Award than Martha and NeverSeconds as a writer who has raised awareness of food, especially with children, and raised more than £100,000 for a food kitchen in Malawi for schoolchildren, to be called Friends of NeverSeconds.

Martha has become part of a much wider debate and network both locally and nationally. This can be seen in her support for Mary’s Kitchen in Malawi and the invite to guest bloggers whilst she is in holiday.

I have to say I am very impressed by her runner beans in the polytunnel. Mine popped out the ground then got eaten by slugs and snails.

Martha is now on her school holidays, starting with a camping trip. She has invited guest blogs whilst on her trips, but I am sure we will be hearing from her too.

No 1 Top Story in The Digital Mission Daily (Sunday 1 July 2012).