Michelle Brenner looked to her elders after the 45-year-old from Gig Harbor, Wash. was furloughed from her job at a menswear store because of the coronavirus pandemic.
She decided to buy food for her neighbors who were also impacted, but her heart sank as she gave away frozen lasagna that paled in comparison to her grandmother’s real Italian recipe, The Washington Post reports.
So she took her stimulus check, bought the right ingredients and started making free pans of real lasagna for anyone who wanted to pick them up.
And just like that, the “Lasagna Lady” was born.
Now, a couple months later, she says she has made about 1,200 pans for neighbors, family and strangers who were in need of a good, home-cooked meal.
“The world as we know it is falling apart, but my two little hands are capable of making a difference,” Brenner told the Post. “I can’t change the world, but I can make lasagna.”