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Interview with Megan

JM: How many meals did you get per day?
Megan: Three meals per day were offered

JM: How would you rate the food? Please give details of why.
Megan: Overall, the food was terrible. It was not healthy at all. Too many hot dogs, bologna, chips, etc. I am allergic to eggs. I informed them of this when I was brought in and reminded them via request forms 3 different times and yet almost every day, I got a hard boiled egg for breakfast that I couldn't eat. Again, it's jail...I don't expect super high quality food, but it really was terrible. Food was a source of conflict, too, with people trading because portions were so small. There was also a significant difference between what was given to the mens' pods and the womens' and I don't just mean calorie intake either. For example, men got condiments like ketchup or salt; women had to purchase them off commissary. Terrible.

JM: Did you have any favorite/least favorite meals?
Megan: At one point, the jail garden was harvested and a few meals were made with fresh vegetables from the garden. They were amazing. They made a zucchini parmesean (like eggplant parmesean) that was amazingly good. The chili was pretty good too. Worst meal by far was the bologna sandwich.

JM: Were there any other snacks offered outside of meals? What was commissary like and how expensive was it?
Megan: Sodas were offered for extra purchase through the jail 2-3 times per week and I believe nachos were also offered once during my stay. The costs of the commissary food were not unreasonable (except for coffee), but the regular food did not provide enough sustenance so people traded off their commissary constantly. "I'll pay you back if..." caused lots of fights.

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