- “Don't bitch to me, bossman.”
- ―Doris Freedman
Doris Freedman (née Peterson) aka Lunch Lady Doris is an overweight, middle-aged, and laconic cafeteria chef at Springfield Elementary.
As the cafeteria chef at Springfield Elementary, she constantly prepares bad food, serving to students such appalling dishes as whole beef hearts, horse testicles, and shredded newspaper. During school cutbacks, she 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 .Hans Moleman.
She is a vegetarian and an insectivore.
She was shown to be a member of Big is Beautiful and attended several of their protests and Albert's funeral.
Behind the Laughter
After Grau's death in 1995, Lunchlady Doris was retired out of respect for over 10 years. Due to the delay between recording some episodes and the time they actually air, Tress MacNeille's voice was in episodes airing as early as 1997 such as "Lisa's Sax". Lunchlady Doris then became a silent background character and was mostly been seen in crowds and groups of other faculty members. In the 18th season, she was renamed to "Lunch Lady Dora", in "The Mook, the Chef, the Wife and Her Homer", to respect Doris Grau's death. She is voiced by Tress MacNeille.