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November 30, 2012

Offenders help the homeless

PLAINFIELD — Offenders from the Plainfield Correctional Facility worked into the wee hours of the morning Thanksgiving Day to help provide a meal to the homeless. This is the third year the facility has been in charge of making the stuffing for the Mozel Sanders Foundation Thanksgiving meal.

Ben Grosvenor, food service director for the facility, works with offenders who volunteered their time to help prepare the stuffing.

"They all get excited because they are contributing," Grosvenor said. "I actually had 30 guys volunteer but chose 13 for the job."

The offenders were chosen from men enrolled in the PLUS program or the In2Work program.

"These are time-cut programs," Grosvenor said. "When they complete the program they get six months cut off their time."

The offenders prepared 50,000 servings of stuffing for the meal. They cooked 12 kettles of stuffing that hold 100 gallons each. The stuffing was then transferred into pans and baked in the facility's new oven.

"We added this new oven in October," Grosvenor said. "It was $35,000 and the racks can just roll into the oven."

This was the second year Aaron Boyer was chosen to help cook and bake the stuffing. He said it's nice to help the community when the chance is given.

"I started in culinary arts at the New Castle facility," he said. "When I came here I finished up."

His job within the facility is to help prepare food for offenders with special diets.

"We have all kinds of diets," Boyer said. "We have diabetic diets, renal diets, vegans, and allergies. We have all of it here."

Boyer is a graduate of the In2Work program and will be released after serving his time before the end of the year.

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