DeLand, FL – After a fairly routine meeting and during public discussion, the Volusia County Council talked about using jail food services for other agencies in Volusia County, possibly including First Step Shelter.
At-Large Council Member Ben Johnson talking about helping with First Step Shelter, preparing meals at the jail and not having to install a kitchen at the shelter. He said this should be done without affecting Volusia county taxpayers.
County Manager George Recktenwald asked for permission to look into the costs and the possibility of a contract with First Step Shelter and other non-profit agencies, such as Hope Place.
Chair Ed Kelley suggests sending notice that using the jail food service for First Step Shelter is open to discussion. He instructed Recktenwald to craft a letter to send to First Step with his signature. Kelley mentioned while the County has nothing to do with the operations of First Step Shelter, he feels that if helping out with the food service would make a difference, the County should do so.
District 2 Council Member Billie Wheeler said that she thinks it’s an excellent idea to talk to First Step Shelter and other agencies. She said that she thinks the inmates being able to be a part of supplying food for non-profits will have the positive effect of giving back to the community.
Heather Post, District 4 Council Member and Deb Denys, District 3 Council Member both agree that it’s a good idea to explore contracts for food services from the jail. Both suggested holding off on talking to the First Step Shelter Board, at least until after they get issues ironed out.