County may be able to trim jail food costs

NORWICH – A new food delivery service for inmates and corrections staff at the Chenango County Public Safety Facility could cut meal costs by nearly 50 percent, Chenango County Sheriff Thomas J. Loughren said.

Following a recent tour of New York State’s Food Production Center in Rome, the Sheriff told supervisors last week that he was “impressed” by the quality and low cost of the food items available.

Loughren had originally doubted whether the service would actually cut what he said was the county’s already low price per meal. The county’s cost has been about $4 for three meals per day versus the state’s average of $5 a day.

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