“I’m a lunch lady by heart”: Woman hand delivering school meals to students
WICOMICO CO., Md. – Wicomico County students learning virtually have the option to pickup school meals at places like Northwestern Elementary but one self described “lunch lady” knows that not all students can make it there so she’s hand delivering them herself.
Every weekday since school started, Lori Mocarsky has spent roughly an hour dropping off school meals to students in the Mardela Springs area.
“It has grown. Today we delivered 36 lunches,” says Lori Mocarsky. “I’m a lunch lady by heart so it just really made sense for me to reach out to all the neighbors.”
Thursday, 47 ABC met up with Lori as she made her rounds: pulling into driveways, grabbing the allotted number of lunches and checking them off her spreadsheet. “I miss my coworkers. I miss the little people,” says Lori Mocarsky. “I miss just human interaction, the normalcy of going to work everyday and just the mundane that you take for granted, you know?”
Lori is a contractual worker in Wicomico County which means, now that school is mostly virtual, she’s essentially laid off. “It’s not about getting paid. It’s about helping the neighbors and providing a service to those that maybe cannot get to the Mardela High School time from 8 AM to 10 AM or maybe their grandparents don’t drive or maybe the grandparents can get there but the little ones are online.”
One of Lori’s neighbors, Joe Hastings, took notice. “Lori is my neighbor and she’s a fantastic person, fantastic human being,” says Joe Hastings. “Those meals can be a lifeline for some families and just not having to spend that money and get that nutrition. You know you’re getting a balanced breakfast and lunch every day that’s huge.”
Lori says it’s also the interactions with familiar faces that make her so willing to go out of her way to make someone else’s day a little easier. Joe says he hopes Lori’s story inspires others to either lend a hand or ask for help if they need it.
The meals that Lori delivers are provided free of charge by Wicomico County Public Schools. The county has been giving these meal bundles out since schools closed in mid-March and they are available at every school on all school days.
- Middle and high schools: 8 AM to 10 AM
- Elementary schools: 11 AM to 1 PM
- Pittsville School: 8 AM to 10 AM and 11 AM to 1 PM