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What is the food like in prison? Task

What is prison food like? 

When you are in prison, you will be given three meals a day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), one of which will be a hot meal. 

The prison staff must make sure you are given enough food and that the food is safe, healthy and varied. All food must be stored, prepared and served according to safety and hygiene regulations.  


What kind of food will I get? 

The exact food you get will depend on the prison but meals in prison are usually inexpensive and easy to store and prepare. 

  • Breakfast is usually a pack containing cereal, milk, whitener, tea and coffee sachets. 
  • Lunch might be a sandwich or a portion of pasta, with some fruit, crisps or biscuits.  
  • Dinner might be curry, pie, baked fish or casserole, with rice, vegetables or potatoes, and dessert or fruit.  


What drinks can I have? 

You will have access to drinking water at all times. You should also be able to have at least four hot drinks a day, such as tea or coffee. 


Is there a choice? 

Generally, you won’t have a choice at breakfast, but you will be able to choose your lunch and dinner. You will get a menu in advance with several meal options to choose from. Your meal times, where you eat and the portions of food will be decided by the prison staff. 


What if I need a special diet? 

Special diets are diets that are required for medical, religious, cultural or ethical reasons (for examplediabetic, halal, kosher, vegetarian and vegan diets). The prison staff must provide you with meals that meet your medical, religious or ethical dietary requirements and special diets must be stored, prepared and served according to religious, cultural and other special dietary requirements. 


Where do I eat? 

Your prison will tell you when and where meals will be served. You will usually have meals with other prisoners at a set time and place. 

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