Article Published September 29, 2010
Jail menu: Bag lunch for a week during kitchen repairsFrom staff reports
Inmates at the Spartanburg County Detention Facility can expect a temporary diet of Frosted Flakes and bologna starting Oct. 4.
According to a memorandum sent to S.C. Department of Corrections officials, the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, and local news outlets, the jail will serve bag lunches Oct. 4 through Oct. 11.
The rubber flooring in the jail's kitchen needs to be replaced to comply with state health standards and "reduce an increase in the number of slips and falls," according to the memo from Jail Director Larry Powers. He said the flooring has become worn over the years, and a couple of employees and inmates have slipped on the surface.
Powers admits the bag lunches, which will partially consist of cold cereal, fruits, bologna sandwiches, cookies and drinks, do not comply with state jail standards for food groups, but the administrator wrote that a dietician said the food would be acceptable in the short term.
"Basically, we're just putting out a memo to the prisoners to let them know they're going to be eating sandwiches for the week," Powers said.
In August, the jail spent on average 99 cents per meal, according to online records. A typical jail menu includes turkey bacon, pancakes, fish fillet and beef stew, for example.
The temporary bag lunch is going to cost $1.97 per meal.
The temporary meal will cost more because an outside vendor is providing the meals from off site, Powers said.