Lunch lady

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Lunch lady
Picture of a lunch lady
A lunch lady serves a young student.
Synonymscafeteria lady,
dinner lady
Occupation type
Competenciesfood preparation
Related jobs

Lunch lady, in Canada and the US, is a term for a woman who cooks and serves food in a school cafeteria. The equivalent term in the United Kingdom is dinner lady.[1] The role is also sometimes known as cafeteria lady. Sometimes, a lunch lady also patrols the school playgrounds during lunch breaks to help maintain order.

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In popular culture[edit]


  1. ^ Weale, Sally (4 April 2015). "The new dinner lady: 10 years on, can an Ottolenghi chef prove Jamie Oliver's revolution wasn't a flash in the pan?". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  2. ^ "The Lunch Lady: A Documentary" – via
  3. ^ Brown, Scott (October 9, 1998). "Flashes: Hot Lunch". Entertainment Weekly.
  4. ^ Krosoczka, Jarrett (2009). Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 978-0-375-84683-0.
  5. ^ Pfarrer, Steve (February 5, 2012). "Mass. children's writer flourishes after setbacks". Daily Hampshire Gazette. Retrieved February 19, 2013.