Ohio prison food vendor hit by fines for performance weighs recommendations for improvement

Associated Press

The private vendor with the contract to feed Ohio prison inmates says it will work with the corrections agency to address several recommendations to fix problems.

Ideas raised by a legislative oversight committee include returning to a larger ladle size to scoop food, to moving Dumpsters away from loading docks to prevent vermin from getting inside prisons.

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The state has fined Philadelphia-based Aramark Correctional Services $272,000 for numerous violations in its year-old contract, including running out of main courses and reports of maggots in food preparation areas.

State Sen. Shirley Smith, chair of the Correctional Institution Inspection Committee, says her top priority is ensuring that inmates are treated with integrity.

Smith, a Cleveland Democrat, wants the quality of food improved, especially at dinner, and portions increased.