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Lunch lady is an American term for a woman who cooks and serves food in a school cafeteria. The equivalent British English term is "dinner lady" and is sometimes called a cafeteria lady. Sometimes, a lunch lady also patrols the school playgrounds during the lunch breaks to help maintain order.

Lunch lady
Picture of a lunch lady
A lunch lady serves a young student.
Synonymscafeteria lady,
dinner lady
Occupation type
Competenciesfood preparation
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In popular cultureEdit


  1. ^ "The Lunch Lady: A Documentary" – via
  2. ^ Brown, Scott (October 9, 1998). "Flashes: Hot Lunch". Entertainment Weekly.
  3. ^ Krosoczka, Jarrett (2009). Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 978-0-375-84683-0.
  4. ^ Pfarrer, Steve (February 5, 2012). "Mass. children's writer flourishes after setbacks". Daily Hampshire Gazette. Retrieved February 19, 2013.