Kellwell Food Management out of Beattyville will now be supplying food service to the Logan County Detention Center.
Logan County Jailer Phil Gregory approached members of the fiscal court last month asking for permission to replace the current food service provider, CRS. Gregory believed a new provider could free up a deputy position in the kitchen who could then be utilized in another area of the jail.
“Right now we have a deputy that gets paid $45,000 a year and is in the kitchen. By changing the food service provider I believe we can hire a company who will free up that position,” said Gregory.
Two bids were opened for food service at the Tuesday, April 12 meeting of the fiscal court. Kellwell and Tiger both submitted bid proposals.
Magistrates awarded the bid to Kellwell for $1.28 per meal, which is what the county currently pays per meal with CRS. However, with Kellwell comes a full-time manager, a full-time service supervisor and a part-time service supervisor.
Kellwell is a privately held company having been in business for 24 years. The company is committed to work with the Logan County Jailer and staff to run a smooth and efficient operation, to meet all state regulations and to maintain the satisfaction of the inmate population through surveys and by monitoring grievances.
Kellwell will serve three prepared meals a day and will staff the kitchen at all times that the kitchen is operating.
The proposal from Kellwell is based on discussions of maintaining a high quality menu similar to the one currently running at the Simpson County Jail.
Kellwell will maintain high standards of food quality and sanitation standards throughout its time in the Logan County Detention Center.
The contract will run for one year.
Another benefit said Gregory will be the purchase of local food to include: milk, eggs, produce, meats or other foods that are needed.
A dietitian will be on call at all times.
Gregory said Kellwell plans on using vegetables grown in the inmate garden program as well.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.