|“||Mystery meat is back on the menu!||”|
— Lunchlady Dora's unlock message
Doris Freedman (née Peterson) aka Lunch Lady Doris is an overweight, middle-aged, and laconic cafeteria chef at Springfield Elementary. She constantly prepares bad food, serving to students near-inedible foodstuff including whole beef hearts, horse testicles, and shredded newspaper. During school cutbacks, she is using gym mats as a meat substitute, and other non-edible items. Due to the school's low funding, she also doubles as the school nurse. She was once seen as a mail carrier. She has been implied to have a relationship with Groundskeeper Willie, and her son is Squeaky-Voiced Teen. She once dated Hans Moleman. She is a vegetarian and an insectivorian.
|Work a Nursing Shift|| 70|
|Grab a Slice of Pizza|| 175|
|Serve Lunch|| 175|
|Find Ingredients|| 275|
|Grind Gym Mats|| 420|
|Slaughter Meat|| 600|
- Her character was removed from any speaking role during 10 years as a respect of the death of her original voice actress Doris Grau in December 1995. She returned in Season 18, voiced by Tress MacNeille.
- She was named after her original voice actress, "Doris", but was renamed "Dora" when the character returned, likely by fear that this name could be disrespecful for Grau.
- She is mentioned during the Muntz Quests, in which she is still referred as "Lunchlady Doris". These quests have been written during or some time before September 2012, and the name Dora was made official with the episode "Dark Knight Court", that premiered in March 2013. It could mean that the writers of the dialogue weren't aware of the change yet if the name was changed right after her return as a speaking character.