Thousands of other inmates in the Texas prison system have been eating fewer meals since April after officials stopped serving lunch on the weekends in some prisons as a way to cut food-service costs. About 23,000 inmates in 36 prisons are eating two meals a day on Saturdays and Sundays instead of three. A meal the system calls brunch is usually served between 5 and 7 a.m., followed by dinner between 4 and 6:30 p.m.
The meal reductions are part of an effort to trim $2.8 million in
food-related expenses from the 2011 fiscal year budget of the Texas
Department of Criminal Justice, the state prison agency. Other cuts the
agency has made to its food service include replacing carton milk with
powdered milk and using sliced bread instead of hamburger and hot dog
--Manny Fernandez, NYT, on redefining brunch in Texas