2020-25-Food: Please sir, can I have some more?

Hello friend,

Day 10…

A few weeks ago , the servery ran out of half of my lunch (beans). They rang the kitchen. The kitchen refused to send up another portion or an alternative. The kitchen blamed the servery for not cintrolling the portion size. The servery blamed the kitchen for not sending enough portions. Meanwhile, I’m left with a rather sorry looking baked potato (200 – 250 calories). What a feast.

Now, this is not the first time this has happened to me. Usually I just walk away – the food is not worth fighting for. However, this time I’m going to do something about the kitchen’s cavalier approach to providing a sufficient quantity of food (r.24 (2) of the Prison Rules 1999). Add to this, removing the roll from certain lunch choices – 100ml of cottage cheese (120 – 150 calories)!

My complaints went nowhere. I asked for a goodwill gesture. The kitchen made no goodwill gesture but used their reply to blame the servery once again. They missed the point: regardless of who was to blame, they refused to provide me with the same quantity of food every prisoner got (apart from the other guy behind me).

I went above them. The reply was that this issue was not a “serious or sensitive matter”. Not serious?! A fundamental aspect of a prison’s Duty of Care is to provide prisoner’s with a sufficient quantity and variety of nutritious food. Now they have started rationing the portion size of chips!

Given the current situation, is it not more important than ever to ensure that we are fed 2,500 calories of nutritious food per day to sustain a healthy, functioning immune system?

Case number twelve is being drafted…

Be happy, be safe and be kind.
Graham Coutts, 2nd April 2020

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