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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
and Edible Crops

Joel Anderson
Bureau Chief
(850) 488-0123
SunCom 210-4085

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The Bureau of Food Services and Edible Crops is responsible for feeding over 68,000 inmates three nutritionally balanced meals a day. This bureau oversees food and crop selection, warehousing, and distribution; menu development; equipment selection and purchasing; farming and gardening programs; and food quality and cost control.

Accomplishments in FY 1998-99

  • Reduced the average cost of a meal from 69.0 cents in FY 97-98 to 61.4 cents in FY 98-99, a 11.0% decrease in just one year.

  • Continued to refine the Master Menu that was revised in 1997. Some changes include replacing high cost entree items with lower cost casserole dishes, replacing turkey legs with turkey thigh meat (a security enhancement), and serving pasteurized frozen scrambled eggs (a health/safety enhancement).

  • Began to standardize food service operations in the following areas: (1) Standardize serving trays, tumblers, and eating utensils. This involves replacing through attrition the polycarbonate trays and tumblers with a softer co-polymer material that enhances security while reducing cost by almost 50%. (2) Began to institute bulk cereal in all facilities and limited to three types of cereal that will create a substantial savings for the department. (3) An in-expensive coffee will replace the six approved coffee types currently in the system, standardization that will reduce cost while ensuring standardization.

  • The Farm and Garden Program produced three and one half million pounds of produce items on 462 acres of garden area at 64 facilities across the state. This is almost a one million-pound improvement over last year, which was negatively affected by El Nino. The benefits of the Farm and Garden Program are two-fold, as an inmate work program and a cost savings from in-house food production. Considerable effort will go into the Edible Crops Program during the coming year and will include an increase in acreage committed to staple crops such as potatoes, onions, carrots, cabbage and the like.

  • The Aquacultural Program, now active at 12 institutions last year produced some 30,000 pounds of fish. No future expansion will occur until the department can analyze whether this operation can be cost effective in feeding the offender population.