Stop Giving Rat-Infested Food to Prisoners


Target: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

Goal: Stop feeding prisoners spoiled and tainted food. 

Prisoners in Michigan have been forced to eat food that had already been partially eaten by rats, according to emails acquired from the private prison food provider Aramark. Even people in prison deserve to eat safe, healthy meals that have not been contaminated by vermin. Demand that Michigan stop contracting out its prison food with Aramark.

Aramark is one of the largest private prison food contractors in the country, and has been hired out in numerous states to operate prison kitchens and ostensibly save the states some money. Unfortunately, these most recent allegations are just the latest in a long line leveled against the company.

At a separate prison in Michigan last year, over 100 prisoners had to be placed in quarantine after coming down with stomach flu-like symptoms—the food they had eaten, provided and served by Aramark, was heavily suspected to be responsible for the ailment. In other instances, Aramark served prisoners meatballs that had thawed out in a broken freezer and smelled of rot, and in an Ohio prison had kept its kitchen so poorly maintained that maggots were found in the food line.

Privatization of prison kitchens should not be done at the expense of prisoners’ safe and sanitary meals. Sign the petition below to demand that Michigan Governor Rick Snyder stop contracting out his state’s prison food system to Aramark.


Dear Governor Snyder,

I am writing you today regarding your state’s privatization of prison food service with Aramark. This corporation in dangerous and known for putting its own profits above the health and safety of the people it serves. Your state deserves better.

Aramark has come under fire countless times for the absolutely disgusting food service it provides prisoners. Most recently, the company was accused of serving prisoners in your state cakes that had been partially eaten by rats—when one employee was seen throwing out the cakes that had been gnawed on, his supervisor told him just to cover up the marks with icing and send them out to the prisoners anyway.

Even though the people Aramark are serving are in prison, that does not mean that they deserve to eat food that is not held to the highest standards of cleanliness and safety. Aramark clearly does not hold that right in very high esteem.

People differ on their opinions of whether privatizing our nation’s prisons is right, but everyone should agree that serving food that has been touched by rats and maggots is not acceptable. I demand that you stop contracting out your state’s prison food system with Aramark.


[Your Name Here]

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