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Rick Scott, Governor
Florida Department of Corrections, Secretary Michael D. Crews

Florida Department of Corrections
Timothy H. Cannon, Interim Secretary

Administration
Bureau of Food Services


(850) 488-0123
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The Bureau of Food Services is responsible for feeding over 66,000 inmates three nutritionally balanced meals a day. This bureau has oversight over food selection, warehousing and distribution; menu development; equipment purchasing; farming and gardening programs; and food quality and cost control.

Accomplishments in 1997-98

  • Successfully implemented the Master Menu revision in November 1997. The revised menu features an enhanced breakfast meal, introduced a sandwich based lunch, and maintains a traditional supper. The new menu was well received by the inmates and has altered the production and equipment needs within each kitchen. The revised Master Menu has reduced food cost per diems across the state.
  • Per Meal Food Costs
    (FY 1992-93 to 1997-98)
    FY 1992-9371.0
    FY 1993-9475.6
    FY 1994-9574.4
    FY 1995-9674.0
    FY 1996-9775.0
    FY 1997-9869.0
  • Awarded the Prime Vendor Services for Food Service Products contract. Prime Vendor services is a customized commercial distribution system that allows for "just in time" deliveries. Orders are placed from a predetermined approved list of products necessary to serve the master menu. The most significant aspect of the contract is the fact that the contractor bears the cost of the food inventory. This frees up considerable cash that would be tied up in inventory. The contract was implemented on July 1, 1998, in Regions III, IV, and V. The market basket analysis conducted during the bid process shows substantial food cost savings.
  • Continued the expansion of the inmate farm and garden program. Intended as a work program to reduce inmate idleness, the farm and garden program now produces vegetables like cabbage, greens, potatoes, and onions for inmate consumption. The farm and garden program is operational at 64 facilities, and utilized over 462 acres and over 505,000 hours of inmate labor to produce approximately 2.6 million pounds of vegetables during fiscal year 1997-1998.
  • Continued operating a catfish aquaculture program at Hendry and Cross City Correctional Institution. Last fiscal year, almost 6,000 pounds of catfish and tilapia were harvested for inmate consumption. The viticulture programs, also in operation, provided 300 pounds of jelly for inmate consumption.

What Do Inmates Eat?

Inmates statewide are fed the same meal so that the DC can buy in bulk and save money, and also to eliminate potential inmate grievances based on food selection. Vegetarian inmates and those who avoid certain foods for religious reasons are given alternate entrees.

Typical Dinner Menu
3/4 cup meat sauce
1 cup spaghetti
1/2 cup peas
3/4 cup tossed salad with dressing
2 slices garlic bread
1/2 cup bread pudding
1 cup fortified beverage
Alternate Entree: navy beans
Food Tray
  Lunchtime! This typical lunch for Florida inmates consists of turkey and peanut butter with four slices of bread, macaroni salad, cooked carrots and chocolate pudding. This sandwich based lunch saves about six cents per meal, compared to last year, and has been well received by inmates.