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5.22.03

Jail finding ways to save on food

It is literally a tough crowd to please, but one kitchen crew tries everyday. With over 1,000 trays, Trinity Food Services feeds inmates in the New Hanover County Jail, hot meals they hope will keep the problems down.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Department says they are keeping the price down. A private vendor now runs the kitchen rather than county management and the change is proving to be more cost-effective. Major David Stevenson reports the savings at $200,000 a year.

Inmates say changes in the kitchen are spicing things up. The jail kitchen is dispelling age, old myths of inmates dining on bread and water. While there were two slices of white bread on every tray, a typical hot meal weighs in at 2,800 calories with a substantial source of protein and daily vitamins.

Reported by: Ellen Goldberg

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