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Correctional Institutions Division

Laundry, Food and Supply

The Laundry, Food and Supply Department is headquartered in Huntsville. This office includes 18 administrative staff members who oversee over 300 unit-based laundry, food, and supply operations. This staff is responsible for:

  • Developing policies and procedures
  • Auditing and inspecting unit programmatic areas
  • Training unit staff
  • Developing unit food and necessity baselines
  • Developing menu-planning guides
  • Developing specifications for items used in unit laundries and kitchens
  • Assisting unit staff to ensure unit programmatic area vacancies are processed and filled in a timely manner
  • Assisting unit staff in developing specifications and purchasing capital equipment

Unit laundry, food, and supply staff are dual supervised and report to both the Laundry, Food and Supply Department as well as the warden.

For More Information on Laundry, Food and Supply:

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Correctional Institutions Division
Ron Hudson
Assistant Director
Laundry, Food and Supply
PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342-0099
Phone: (936) 437-8310
Fax: (936) 437-5019
ronald.hudson@tdcj.texas.gov

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Correctional Institutions Division
Douglas Sparkman
Operations Manager
Laundry, Food and Supply
PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342-0099
Phone: (936) 437-8351
Fax: (936) 437-5019
douglas.sparkman@tdcj.texas.gov

For Information On Laundry, Food and Supply Human Resource Issues And Positions:

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Correctional Institutions Division
Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Mandy Vance
HR Specialist III
PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342-0099
Phone: (936) 437-8356
Fax: (936) 437-5019
amanda.vance@tdcj.texas.gov

Monitoring and Training

The Monitoring and Training section of the Laundry, Food and Supply Department is responsible for monitoring the agency's laundry, food and supply operations for compliance with agency and departmental policies and procedures. Monitoring the agency’s programs for compliance is accomplished through audits and inspections of just under 300 unit-based laundry, food service and unit supply operations.

The Monitoring and Training section oversees development of curriculum and training for all laundry, food and supply managers. In addition, food safety and sanitation program training is administered to certify all senior food service managers in the ServSafe program of the National Restaurant Association.

For More Information On Laundry, Food and Supply Monitoring and Training:

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Correctional Institutions Division
Stacy Berg
Program Supervisor III
PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342-0099
Phone: (936) 437-8350
Fax: (936) 437-5019
stacy.berg@tdcj.texas.gov

Food Service

Unit food service programs provide wholesome and nutritious meals to both offenders and staff. Offenders are allowed to choose from a regular, meat-free, or pork-free meal. In addition, therapeutic diets are also provided. Non-theraputic offender meals are designed to meet dietary guidelines providing between 2,400-2,700 calories per day. The USDA Dietary Guidelines are used as a tool for ensuring adequate nutriotional needs are met.

Unit food service programs are part of the agency’s facility based budget program (FBBP) and unit food managers are responsible for operating programs within the allocated budget.

Offender workers assigned to unit food service programs are provided training in food production and many find employment in the food service industry once released from TDCJ. Lee College, Alvin Community College, and the Windham School District Culinary Arts Training programs provide classes at the Eastham, Jester IV, and Ferguson units. These trainings are designed to educate the offender work force in food preparation and sanitation. After completing the program, offenders will be certified in Culinary Arts. Offenders must first be recommended for this program by the unit’s food service manager. If selected the offender will be temporarily reassigned to a unit where the program is offered. After completing the program, the offender will be returned to the offender’s unit of assignment. After completing the culinary classes, some offenders have the opportunity to work at the San Antonio Food Bank to further enhance their cooking skills and employment opportunities.

For More Information on Food Service:

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Correctional Institutions Division
Program Supervisor V
PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342-0099
Phone: (936) 437-8375
Fax: (936) 437-5019

Laundry, Necessities, and Supply

Unit laundry and supply programs are part of the agency's facility based budget program (FBBP) and laundry managers and supply officers are responsible for operating programs within the allocated budget.

Unit supply programs are responsible for purchasing, requisitioning, inventorying and managing the majority of items needed for daily unit operations. Included are items such as office supplies, furnishings, toilet paper, offender toiletry items, lawn equipment, armory supplies, chemicals, soaps and cleaning supplies. The unit supply officer is also responsible for maintaining the fixed asset inventory for the unit.

Offenders assigned to the laundry or unit supply departments are taught skills that will be useful after release. These skills include warehousing, inventory control, and commercial laundry operations.

The unit laundry and supply programs are also a part of the FBBP and must operate within an allocated budget.

For More Information on Laundry/Necessities and Supply:

Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Correctional Institutions Division
Tracy Argo
Program Supervisor V
PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342-0099
Phone: (936) 437-8361
Fax: (936) 437-5019
tracy.argo@tdcj.texas.gov

Human Resources

1800 unit-based Laundry, Food and Supply (LFS) positions are filled through the LFS Human Resource section. Theses positions include: Food Service Manager IV, III, and II; Laundry Manager IV, III, and II; Inventory and Stores Specialist III - Unit Supply; Clerk II - Unit Supply. Job vacancies may be viewed under the Career Opportunities link on the homepage.