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Interview with Darrin and Jessica

JM: How many meals did you get per day?
Darrin: only one hot meal a day. breakfast was a sack meal and then supper is a sack supper.
Jessica: 3 meals a day. Snacks for special diets like pregnant diabetic and so on.

JM: How would you rate the food? Please give details of why.
Darrin: on a scale of 1-10 one being worse and 10 being best jail food i would give Montcalm County a -10. the sack meals are all cold. the 1 hot meal a day usually gets to every cell cold because it sits in a cold hallway for 15 min or more before being delivered to the cells. the food is bland and the portions are not enough to fill an adult. they also do not provision for people with food allergies they tell them to just not eat what they are allergic to; which is why one person died in that jail from a peanut butter sandwich.
Jessica: I work in the kitchen and prepared the food. It was not that bad. It is probably healthier then what most people consume outside of jail. But its not got lots of sugars or salt or seasoning. Because everything is measured and it is a strict diet. The only thing that was really crappy was breakfast 6am lunch 12 dinner 4pm you got hungry in the evening.

JM: Did you have any favorite/least favorite meals?
Darrin: i personally hated every meal in this jail. i would only eat when i was so hungry i could not stand the hunger pains any more.
Jessica: They have a everything must go soup...GROSS its all the leftovers in a stew. They use a lot of beans and rice. The chicken was not bad and the tacos.

JM: Were there any other snacks offered outside of meals? What was commissary like and how expensive was it?
Darrin: the jail does not offer any snacks unless ordered by the Jail nurse or PA. the commissary was not well thought out food wise and was so expensive that with the spending limit a person can not buy much food if any if they need hygiene, cloths, and stationary.
Jessica: No other snacks are offered to regular inmates. However diabetics and pregnant women get snacks. The commissary was not bad selection sucked. Prison had way better. But for the most part it was reasonable. The hygiene products are a bit expensive. 3.49 for suave crazy. But honey buns where like 75 cents candy bars like 1.69 so not to bad.

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