For the second year, Pittsburg County Sheriff Joel Kern’s "Offenders Feeding Offenders” gardening program is exceeding his expectations.
He said the program has been a success with getting the inmates through the jail system faster and with 4,000 pounds of vegetables waiting to be chopped, cooked and served it’s also saved the county money in grocery bills. Now he said he’s trying to make use of the huge amount of vegetables that are still growing in the jail-side garden.
“We have every food-storage space full,” Kerns said. “The inmates get fresh vegetables with every meal.” And just to be sure none of the bounty is wasted, he said he’s bagged about 500 pounds to distribute to senior citizens.
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