Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Boise Weekly Samples Grub at the Idaho State Correctional Institution

Posted By on Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Approximately 4.4 million meals/snacks were served at IDOC prison facilities in 2012
  • George Prentice
  • Approximately 4.4 million meals and snacks were served at IDOC prison facilities in 2012.

It's not every day that an Idaho citizen gets to eat a meal at the Idaho State Prison complex and then leave the facility. But in Wednesday's edition of Boise Weekly, we will visit the food service operations at the Idaho State Correctional Institution—part of the sprawling prison complex south of Boise—which is home to nearly 2,000 offenders.

“We’re more austere than ever,” said Jeff Zmuda, Idaho Department of Correction deputy chief of prisons. “Twenty-five years ago, prison food was not as basic as it is today. Back then, you would see things like soda or coffee with meals; it was mostly self-serve and you might see things like pork chops on the menu. No longer."

But the meal consisting of hot dogs, sauerkraut, whole wheat rolls, jello and fruit was actually pretty good. The biggest surprise was IDOC's average cost per meal and the fact that many of the dishes are made from scratch in the prison's cavernous kitchen.

In Wednesday's BW, we'll visit the kitchen where nearly 120 offenders work, we'll sample the food, and we'll learn more about the controversial food called Nutriloaf.

Offender Tony Garren stirs a giant vat of beans at ISCIs kitchen.
  • George Prentice
  • Offender Tony Garren stirs a giant vat of beans at ISCI's kitchen.

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