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Old 11-26-2004, 07:11 PM
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Hi,
Food visits are this month for us. What is your loved one asking for? It is fun to see what food they missed the most.
My son is asking for hot wings and german choc cake. Our visit is next Friday, Dec 3rd.
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Old 11-26-2004, 07:51 PM
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My guy wants Pizza, burgers and frys. I love hot wings good choice by your son.
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Old 11-26-2004, 07:56 PM
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Can I just say that I am so jealous that you guys get to have food visits! You are so lucky! Feed those boys and men well!!!
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Old 11-26-2004, 08:17 PM
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Default Jealous of food visits

Yes, you can say that
I am surprised they get the visits. Doesn't make sense to me but I'm not complaining!
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Old 11-29-2004, 05:11 PM
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Food visits are like Christmas for a young child. Actually even better. If it's your first one, it will be quite the experience. It's great to see them devour their food and enjoy it so much. However, some where along the way you realize that something simple like the taste of ordinary food can bring so much joy to them because of what they have had to adjust to. Whether they tell you or not, the food leaves a bit to be desired in prison.

My son doesn't like to say much because he knows it upsets me to know what his living conditions really are and to what extent. I've been told from several sources that it's not uncommon if you work in the kitchen to find things being served to the inmates are marked "not for human consumption".

One time I took my son a tostada from Taco Bell. It took hours to get in the visiting room. The lettuce was wilted pretty bad. I told him he didn't need to eat it. He said, "Mom, I don't think you understand, you hope your lettuce in here is only wilted" And he devoured that tostada as though it was the first one he ever had in his entire life.

My advice when this happens, be strong. Don't cry and don't get angry. Just keep silent and let them eat. Let your frustration out when you are not with them. Food visits are happy days meant to share happy thoughts and moment. Don't ruin it with the reality. This is all they have to look forward to.

Next, remember their food in prison is quite bland. So becareful of too much seasoning. They aren't used to it. Also if they were big eaters before prison, chances are they won't be now. Many inmates skip meals that they feel are not edible. So don't be offended if they don't eat as much as you expected. My son loves to eat, but I notice the more time he does the less he is able to eat on food visits. They will gorge themselves regardless of the fact that they will hurt with tummy aches if there is enough food available. I used to worry about that and tell my son that I hate to know he will be sick afterwards. But he says, "Mom it's a good kind of sick". Hard to image that knowing you will probably throw up afterwards could make them so happy.

Even with the negative that surrounds food visits, the implications of the suffering they endure, don't ever miss an opportunity to share one with them. It is an experience neither of you will ever forget. Enjoy it. I know we sure do.
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This is my second food visit. The one in June was fun because it just happened to be 2 days before his 21st birthday. So I brought a birthday cake and embarrassed him by singing Happy Birthday to him.
It was a bittersweet day. He was happy for a while but he started getting edgy. I think it was because he was pissed at himself for spending his 21st in prison.
As far as the food situation in prison. I have an example from that day. I brought a ton of food. I gave some to the offender who takes the visiting room pictures. He stuck part of it in a cabinet and said he would eat it the next day. I told him I wouldn't eat the lasagna or the pizza unless it had been refrigerated over night. He and my son both had to explain to me that things that they eat are much worse than that. They were laughing at me for worrying about something like that.
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It's pretty hard on us mom's to hear that our children have to eat food like that. My son won't tell me the details of what they serve him on a daily basis since he doesn't want me to think about it much. He knows it would depress me. But at food visits sometimes he will tell me something like that. We just have to try to ignore it so we don't get too upset and ruin the visit.

I'm glad you had a great food visit and was able to share with someone else. Some facilities don't allow that. It's sad. I always take enough to share. And it is disturbing to eat in front of others that you know have nothing decent to eat. He used to be able to share at the place he transferred from. It was nice.
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"it is disturbing to eat in front of others that you know have nothing decent to eat"

Wow, are there others in the room when you have food visits? How sad!
Our food visits are scheduled during times when no others are allowed to visit. But each person is allowed to invite one other person who does not get food visits, which is really cool. The guy my son invited in June had been in a year and had no visits ever; it was the first time he was ever in the visiting room so he was excited to see what it was all about.
The only guy who is not there to eat for the food visits is the guy that takes the pictures so I gave him food which he hoarded in the camera supply cabinet!
Originally, my son had said he didn't want this food visit since he gets out in Jan. I knew he would change his mind, which he did. I should have made him beg!
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We have a food visit coming up. I am in Missouri also. My husband is at Jeff City Correctional. I have never been to one this is our first. I noticed you are in MO also Jan. Can you tell me which center you had you visit at. I'm not sure what to expect. They say we can only bring 4 containers 8x10. They didn't say how tall or anything. I figure I can stand things on end to get more food in. His cellie is coming too I believe. He hasn't had a visit in 7 years. I told my husband to bring him too. I just want to make sure I can bring enough food for them both. I wonder how picky they are. They make a normal visit misserable and treat the visiters awful. They really discourage us from coming. But I won't stop no matter what. You are right about the food they have to eat. It's horrible. My husband is so starved for something real and sanitary. It upsets me so much to hear him talk about it. I don't understand how they can feed them food that isn't fit for human consumption. I just get so steaming mad!!!!!!! Anyway I was just wondering if you could give me any pointers on the visit since this is my first. Thanks bunches!!! Oh...ours is in January so I do have some time. Just preparing my self....lol!
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Hi bumblebee,
My son is across the street from your husband, at Algoa. My first food visit I had enough to feed an army! This time I was more reasonable. At Algoa, I never heard of a size limit, only the 4 item limit. Good thing they didn't do a weight limit. I think the lasagna weighed 20 lbs! It sounds like JCC is more restrictive, probably because they are a higher level.
I am sorry that you are treated so awful on your viisits. We are treated OK, except for when a "white shirt" comes through. They are on a power trip and stick around until they find somebody doing something wrong. The room is tense until they leave; even the guards are uncomfortable and get grumpy when a "white shirt" comes in.
I probably can't be much more help than what it says on the sheet. (I am assuming you got one?) Whatever you bring will go over big. The food visits are a wonderful treat that I hope they continue to allow.
I am glad you posted. I haven't met anybody on here that has somebody in Algoa but at least you are close.
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Thanks Jan...I did get a sheet but it was kinda vague though. I will call them. Sometimes visitors know more than they do....lol! He has a hearing Jan 13th. I am hoping I can bring a celebration cake or something. Hope we will have news before the food visit of his release. He has only been there for 2 months now. In the system for 12 though. A real mess I might add. But all the people I have met have been great. We are all in the same boat there. I just wish they didn't make it so hard on us when we visit. His parents are elderly and it's hard on them standing out in the cold for an hour or more to get in. Enough people have complained maybe they will change things soon.....probably not, but we can hope! :-) I am going to call and see what I can find out. Thanks for writing...oh it's funny but his cellie was also asking for German Chocolate Cake! I want to take everything for them eat. :-) Anyway thanks again good luck and I hope he's home soon.
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Old 12-06-2004, 08:15 PM
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Good luck on the 13th! (that's not a friday, is it?)
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LOL! It's a Thursday Thank God! Good luck to you also.
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Hi All~
Just a quick question..How do you know if the prison your loved one is at can have food visits? Do you just call the prison? Please let me know..After reading everything you guys posted it sounds like fun!!
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That would be the best way. Even though the prison where you loved one is may have food visits, he/she may not qualify. For that reason, you should call the prison and ask for the caseworker. What prison in Missouir are you dealing with?
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My Chris Is At Boonville Correctional Center...
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Ok, this may or may not sound silly to you, but what is a food visit? it sounds interesting from what i have read throughout the thread, but this is the first time i've even heard of them. obviously we don't have them in IA (to my knowledge) cuz if we did i probably would've heard of it.
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Well, tell IA they need to have food visits!
Every 6 months, any inmate who is not on restriction can sign up to have a visitor bring food from the outside. Where my son is, each housing unit has a certain day; always a week day that doesn't interfer with regular visits. We can bring in 4 items plus bread and condiments. At first it doesn't sound like much but it is. In June, I brought in homemade personal pan pizzas, lasagna, cheese garlic bread, a veggie casserole, and a birthday cake. And huge quantities of all! The menu combinations may not make sense. We bring whatever food our loved one misses the most.
We all sit down and have a family style meal. Each inmate can invite one other inmate who would otherwise not have a food visit. It is a very special day.
The guys love it and it is a great incentive; a reward for staying out of trouble.
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that's wonderful. i wonder why IA doesn't have them. they're probably scared of contraband being in that way. where my hubby is at in the visit room they have this rule that "inmates are not to utilize or stand near the microwave." how interesting. but the prison he is at is notorious for petty rules
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now that is very weird!
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