"You're giving a gift to somebody who committed a crime, but yet you won't pay the people who are supervising them?" Sandy Parr, a food service foreman at Federal Medical Center in Rochester, Minnesota, told NBC News. "It's frustrating and maddening."
The Bureau of Prisons said the menus were meant to promote morale among the inmates who are separated from their families.
“(Holiday meals are) planned weeks in advance, including as happened here in advance of the government shutdown," the Bureau of Prisons said in a statement, NBC reported. "On Christmas, a facility may serve a special meat choice such as Cornish hen or a special dessert."