Farm-To-Table Dining May Come To Jails Very Soon

Farm-To-Table Dining May Come To Jails Very Soon

We are just as confused as you are.

Sheriff Vicky Hennessy (of San Francisco and is the San Francisco's first female sheriff) wants to explore the possibility of bringing a more farm-to-table culinary situation to San Francisco's jails. "It would be locally sourced food, the kind I like to eat," Hennessy tells the San Francisco Examiner.

Yes, you heard right, When the city's $3 million contract with jail food provider Aramark ends next year, Hennessy wants to switch up the menu. Reports the Examiner, "Hennessy hopes at least a pilot program can be started by modeling the jail after San Francisco Unified School District efforts that use local food to feed students through the the Good Food Purchasing Program." 

"When you get a group of men, and they don't like the food and they rebel against the food, that's a problem. We have to make sure that's one less thing the deputies ... have to worry about," explained Aramark's Vincent Mitchell to the Examiner. It's unclear if the new plan would include keeping Aramark on board or finding another institutional caterer to manage the inmates' "three hots."

Of course, there is no official plan put in place for this type of food initiative but the Examiner's Jonah Owen Lamb reviewed a meal at the San Francisco County Jail as part of his research, and he gives Taco Night three out of five stars.


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