In Miami, Fla., Doramise Moreau, 60, is in her kitchen every Friday past midnight boiling lemon peels, cooking dried beans and spicing entrees that accompany the yellow rice she delivers to a Miami church. Since the start of the pandemic, Moreau has single-handedly cooked 1,000 meals a week simply as an act of love. A widow who lives with her children, nephew, and three grandchildren in a home built by Habitat for Humanity in 2017, Moreau works part-time as a school janitor. But what gets her up in the morning is feeding the hungry, an act that traces back to her childhood in Haiti, when she'd scour food items in her family's pantry to give to someone in need. Decades later, she borrows the church truck to buy groceries for her weekly massive meal offering, and she even feeds relatives and neighbors in her hometown of Port-au-Prince by sending food pallets monthly and instructing her sister to "make sure this person gets a bag of rice and that person gets the sardines," the Associated Press reports. Up until February 2021, Moreau did all her work without a car. Last month, she was surprised with a new Toyota Corolla through a local anti-poverty initiative where community leaders nominate residents known for community service. "She takes care of everybody from A to Z,” said Reginald Jean-Mary, pastor at her church. “She’s a true servant. She goes beyond the scope of work to be a presence of hope and compassion for others."

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