The Santa Barbara County Jury rejected complaints from jail inmates, and their families about the quality, and prices of food served at county facilities.
In 2012, the Sheriff’s Department outsourced its food services, hiring Aramark to handle the service. The Department was able to reduce its costs by about $85,000 in the first year of a multi-year contract.
Prisoners complained about portion size, food taste and appearance, and the use of soy products.
The Grand Jury found that the meals meet state nutrition requirements, and provide a reasonable balance, and amount of food.
It also said prices are in line with similar food at area convenience stores.
The report says meat is often used in meals, contrary to complaints that more soy that meat products are served, and also notes that fresh produce is purchased locally.
The jail provides about 3300 meals a day.