Why we do it

What we do

What we do

What we do

What we do

Overview

In 2016, a report on prison food by HM Inspectorate of Prisons found dissatisfaction across the board - only 29% of prisoner survey respondents described the food they received as “good” or “very good”. Prisons serve three meals a day on a budget of £2.10 per head and the overall budget has been decreasing year on year. In 2012-2013, the total yearly prison food spend was £59.6 million, as opposed to £55.1 million in 2013 and £54.1 million in 2014-2015.

Overview

We work closely with prisons, their staff and their residents on the topic of food. We design unique initiatives that enable prisons to champion healthy, nutritious and inventive food. Collaborating closely with catering staff, we help develop original menus, specifically designed to cater to the unique needs of their own population.

 

Overview

We work closely with prisons, their staff and their residents on the topic of food. We design unique initiatives that enable prisons to champion healthy, nutritious and inventive food. Collaborating closely with catering staff, we help develop original menus, specifically designed to cater to the unique needs of their own population.

 

 

Overview

We work closely with prisons, their staff and their residents on the topic of food. We design unique initiatives that enable prisons to champion healthy, nutritious and inventive food. Collaborating closely with catering staff, we help develop original menus, specifically designed to cater to the unique needs of their own population.

Overview

We work closely with prisons, their staff and their residents on the topic of food. We design unique initiatives that enable prisons to champion healthy, nutritious and inventive food. Collaborating closely with catering staff, we help develop original menus, specifically designed to cater to the unique needs of their own population.

Likewise, over the last decade, safety in prisons has deteriorated at an alarming rate. According to the Prison Reform Trust, assaults, serious assaults and self-harm are at the highest levels ever recorded, self-inflicted deaths are continuing to rise and mental health is in crisis. 

Increased nutrition amongst prisoners has been statistically proven to reduce violent offences by 37%. Research has shown that poor diet is linked to poor mental health - individuals classified as obese have a 55% higher risk of developing depression. The Mental Health foundation have reported on “a growing body of evidence indicating that nutrition may play an important role in the prevention, development and management of diagnosed mental health problems including depression, schizophrenia, ADHD and dementia.”

Those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds are at even more of a disadvantage, often lacking the income, knowledge, skills, time and access required to lead a healthy diet. 

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At Food Behind Bars, we have spent years witnessing these issues first hand in the prison system. We believe that better quality prison food can be achieved within the existing budget and we remain convinced that food in prison is not being utilised to its fullest potential. A healthier diet amongst prisoners has the potential to improve:

Behaviour 
Violence
Mental and Physical Health
Mood
Self Esteem
Relationships
Cognitive Ability
Reoffending

It is our mission to work with prisons to create a safer, healthier and happier environment with the mental and physical wellbeing of prisoners at its core.

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