In the community

Minimum-security inmates host senior luncheon, finding holiday spirit in giving back

John Brown, a minimum-security inmate at SCRI, sang ‘Silent Night’ and other Christmas songs as part of the choir for the event. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

ONTARIO — Gravy churned in a large vat. Steam plumed out. A persistent clatter sounded throughout the kitchen as ladies banged plastic trays.

In the minimum security unit of Snake River Correctional Institution, inmates at the sprawling kitchen sliced meat, prepared side dishes, arranged the pies.

They were preparing a holiday feast for their special guests.

Last week, more than 100 senior citizens from Ontario, Vale, Nyssa and Adrian were bused to the prison to share a warm meal cooked and served up by prisoners.

It’s the 11th year the prison has hosted the holiday luncheon. And every year, it’s a huge effort put on by . . .