Spend per day, per prisoner on food in the UK is around £2. In hospitals, this number is five times higher.
Only 29% of prisoner survey respondents described the food they received as “good” or “very good”.
In some establishments, early mealtimes and meagre breakfast provision sometimes mean there is a gap of 20 hours before the next substantial meal.
Staff shortages has meant there is a lack of communal dining in many establishments, meaning prisoners have to eat alone in their cell beside their toilet facilities.
Food is causing frustration amongst many prisoners. Last year, one inmate at HMP Northumberland staged a protest on a high railing after being served a cold meal.
Studies have found that nutritional supplements reduce disciplinary incidents, aggression and violent behaviour. In other words, prisoners eating well is not just a matter of prisoner well-being but is also of practical and financial concern to the prison service.
*Information sourced from the HM Inspectorate’s report Life in Prison: Food