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Interview with Lena, Janis and Anna

JM: How many meals did you get per day?
Lena: 3 a day
Janis: I got three meals a day.
Anna: I would get three meals a day.

JM: How would you rate the food? Please give details of why.
Lena: Oh God it sucks. No doubt.
Janis: The food was nasty but if you were hungry you got over the nastiness real fast. The eggs were bright yellow but the consistency was real flaky and curd like. Meat was not real meat and it was overly processed. Vegetables weren't fully cooked, no flavor, dirty food trays at times.
Anna: Most of the food I ate was ok. I'm sure every thing was high in starch because I gained like 20 pounds in about one month. I would say that each meal was very feeling. I wouldn't get hungry to eat more. I would rate the food to be good. My favorite meal was always breakfast.

JM: Did you have any favorite/least favorite meals?
Lena: My favoriate I guess was bread pudding day. Everybody waited for bread pudding day. The worst was Red Death. That was something they served for breakfast. It was some kind of potato and some kind of red sauce. Nasty.
Janis: I did not like any of the county food because it was starchy, blow up food with no real nutrition.
Anna: I always liked when they served spaghetti. I also liked peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Breakfast was always good to me. I disliked the bologna sandwiches. I also didn't like the soup.

JM: Were there any other snacks offered outside of meals? What was commissary like and how expensive was it?
Lena: We had commissary that you could order from twice a week I think.
Janis: No, meals were it. Commissary was pretty decent price wise and was coffee, drink mixes, candy bars, sweet rolls, chips, meat pouches, noodles, simple stuff. Commissary was delivered once a week to each unit and if you didn't have money you would get an indigent kit with hygienes and two envelopes to write letters.
Anna: I never got the chance to buy anything from commissary. I don't think it was that expensive. I remember the pregnant lady's would get a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before bed time. But no other snacks were offered.

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