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Interview with Katrina, Rachel, Graham, Gordon, Marcus, Melissa and Andrea

JM: How many meals did you get per day?
Katrina: three
Rachel: 3
Graham: We received 3 meals a day.
Gordon: 3 meals per day (one was a sack lunch).
Marcus: We got 3 meals a day.
Melissa: 3 meals a day. Breakfast is hot. Lunch is a "Brown Bag" sandwich, cookie, and orange, Dinner is hot.
Andrea: 2 "hot" meals, 1 "sack" lunch.

JM: How would you rate the food? Please give details of why.
Katrina: very bad
Rachel: Horrible,i wouldnt feed it to my dog
Graham: The food was constantly disgusting. My dog wouldn't even eat the food and they expected us to eat it. Mose of the time it was food left over from the last meal that they tried to make into a soup like thing. I don't know how they got away with it.
Gordon: The so called foood was horendous. It was extremely terrible. I personally would not feed it to a pig. It was always cold (never hot), it would be carted into the modules then served. The sack lunches were always the same stuff. It was not very palable at all (bad).
Marcus: I would rate the food fine in fact I was dubbed "the garbage disposal" because I would eat whatever anybody else wouldn't eat. Coming off the steets I didn't mind at the time but I'm sure it would be a lot different now. Some people would only eat what was pre packaged (cookies and milk)because the jail put sex drive decreaser in the food I had heard, but don't know for a fact.
Melissa: Awful. Terrible. I was there for 3 days and I ate an orange. The plastic trays are filthy and grimy, the "Food" is unidentifiable slop, it is just DISGUSTING. Even the drinks are undrinkable. They serve sweet brown liquid, and call it "Tea." It's hot in the morning, lukewarm and less brown (They dilute the leftover breakfast drink with water to make it last longer) at lunch, and by dinner, it's just frightening. I honestly don't understand how they can get away with serving this (lack of) quality of "Food" to people.
Andrea: The "hot" meals were lukewarm at best, disgusting, poorly prepared, could not eat it. I could not imagine eating that. The plastic trays are hosed down but still dirty, they're wet, and the meals are filled with starchy filler. Dinner is leftover lunchmeats from the sack lunches, chopped up and added to a "Sauce" with a pasta or over rice or potatoes. The sack lunches are a hard/frozen roll, some sort of meat in a baggie, and an orange with a cookie. Every day. The "Drink" was hot brown water (tea?) at breakfast, which got lighter and cooler at lunch, and cold and lighter at dinner. (They dilute it to make it last all day)

JM: Did you have any favorite/least favorite meals?
Katrina: I thought the meatloaf stuff was ok but the rest of the meals were not good so i lived off my canteen.
Rachel: Gross,nothing was good not even the water.the garbage they call what really is it?
Graham: All of the meals were nasty. The majority of the time I would sell the trays for commissary or stamps.
Gordon: No. I really do not know what else to say on this. It was the worst food in my life.
Marcus: Every and any meal was a faviorite for me, but I remember a lot of people didn't eat the breakfast slop.
Melissa: The only thing I could bring myself to eat was an orange, and that was after 2.5 days of not touching ANY of the food.
Andrea: Absolutely everything was terrifying. I ate one orange and a cookie in the 2.5 days I was there.

JM: Were there any other snacks offered outside of meals? What was commissary like and how expensive was it?
Katrina: not througthe jail but we could order canteen once a week if you had $ on your books
Rachel: Canteen I heard
Graham: A simple ramen noodle soup was like .85 cents and it wasn't even the real thing. Most of the other stuff was alright but way to expensive. Normal house held foods were twice as much in there.
Gordon: Yes, weekly commisary (real exspensive). The dried soups were about .70 cents per soup. The hygeine was about $ 2.00 per little bottle of shampoo, as weel as the hair conditioner. It was really expensive.
Marcus: Nothing extra. Commissary was frustrating becase the honeybuns were prepacckaged with a $.99 on the package and cost $2.50. I remember I could have bought a sleve of ten ramens with change at the store for the price of one in there.
Melissa: No snacks. I don't know about what was offered at the Commissary but I know that people complained it was expensive.
Andrea: No. There was a commissary. I don't know about cost, but I heard high.

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