Bread and water and a whole lot more at Ontario County Jail

You might never see them on the job — and nothing against them, you’d better hope you don’t see them while they’re working because you’d be in a whole lot of trouble.

But what the kitchen staff at the Ontario County Jail — which as of last April includes the kitchen staff at the Ontario County Office for the Aging — do every morning, lunch and dinner hour (and sometimes snack time) makes them “unsung heroes” in the eyes of Ontario County Sheriff Kevin Henderson and former Sheriff Philip Povero, who retired last year.

“They come to work. They walk through the doors of the facility,” Henderson said. “They go down to the kitchen and they do their job and duty and leave at the end of the day.”

And the next morning — the morning cook arrives at 4 o’clock — they do it all over again, providing the required three squares a day for the inmates, as well as preparing the meals that are delivered to the area’s homebound as part of the county’s Meals on Wheels program.

And they’re good at what they do.

Last year, more than 193,000 meals were served at the jail with another 5,500 to 6,000 meals a month through the Office for the Aging.

On a recent weekday at the jail, 405 jail meals were scheduled to be prepared — and that’s not including those that had to be provided for new inmates and those being arraigned at the jail.

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