Below are the Herlong Federal Prison Camp’s weekly meal menus as of 2012. The food actually wasn’t too bad actually. I wouldn’t say the greatest, but it was about as good as Denny’s. Of course, inmates make the food and the CO oversee the food being created.
I don’t know how other prisons are, but at Herlong, we waited in a long line along the inside wall of the food service. We had three meals: Breakfast-6 am, Lunch 9:30 am or 10:30 am, and Dinner 3:30 pm or 4:30 pm (or after 4 pm count was complete). It usually takes about five minutes to get through the line. We have about fifteen minutes to finish eating. Otherwise, the inmates washing dishes get annoyed. As far as I know, as long as I don’t miss count, I could stay in there as long as I’m eating.
The other cool thing about Herlong FCP is that if you get lucky, you could get seconds and sometimes thirds. But it depends on how much they have left and if the CO wants to give out extras. Some COs believe that inmates should have their own food for seconds. Others believe that inmates don’t always have money to eat in the dorms so these COs have no problem with inmates having seconds.
Any inmate who is caught taking food out of the food service area is subjected to going to the hole or having a cleaning duty. Though I never saw inmates getting disciplined for this.
Also, this list is about a year old, it is very possible the menu changed. I’ll talk more about how the food and the overall service at a later blog.