UPPER MARLBORO, MD – The Prince George’s County Department of Corrections celebrated the opening of its new kitchen Thursday, May 8, 2014 with County Executive Rushern L. Baker leading the charge in the ribbon cutting ceremony. The newly constructed kitchen replaces the original kitchen that was built in 1987. The new energy efficient kitchen will be able to prepare the required 5,000 meals a day with more ease than the original kitchen which was constructed when only 1,000 meals were needed to feed the daily population of 300.
The $10 million construction project broke ground in October, 2012 and has been a part of the County’s Capital Improvement Plan since 2007. The kitchen will reduce the carbon footprint of the jail by cutting waste by 93% using a somat pulper. All of the refrigeration has digital thermostats which will assist with keeping food fresh and making sure it remains at a safe temperature. "This (kitchen) is not only going to feed the inmates it is also going to provide culinary art skills for them, that will further reduce recidivism of folks coming back here and that’s what we want," stated County Executive Rushern L. Baker.
The kitchen has a grill, fryer, dough machine and larger steam pots to prepare more food faster. It is also located on the same level of the facility as the housing units which will help with feeding the inmate population faster using less man hours. The staff is excited about being able to have a state-of-the market kitchen which reduces the time it takes to feed the more than 1,100 (average daily population) inmates.
Watch the New Kitchen at the Department of Corrections Video