An example of what prisoners will be eating on Christmas Day. Photo by Department of Corrections.
In a modern-day Yuletide tradition, the Department of
Corrections has released the annual Christmas Day menu for
The main meal of the day will be served at lunchtime, and the
evening meal will consist of sandwiches.
Corrections National Commissioner Jeremy Lightfoot said the
main meal would meet basic nutritional requirements but not
Roast chicken, gravy, roast potatoes, carrots, green peas,
two slices of bread and apple pie with custard will be
A vegetarian option is also available and special dietary
requirements will be catered for.
This year's menu was similar to last year's and would be
similar to the food offered at Mt Eden Corrections Facility,
which is run by private company Serco.
''We recognise that Christmas can be a tough time for many
people who have friends and family members in prison and we
are committed to marking the day in an appropriate way,'' Mr
Organisations which support prisoners' families through this
time include the Prison Fellowship New Zealand (PFNZ), which
runs a programme called Angel Tree.
That programme distributes donated gifts or money to buy a
gift to enable prisoners to give presents to their children.
Charity for children of prisoners Pillars provides presents
for children registered with it as well as a gift and hamper
for their parent or caregiver.
Prison visits did not take place on statutory holidays, but
they ran as usual over the rest of the holiday period, Mr