January 28, 1944
To: Warden Johnston, Alcatraz
RE: Serving of "Seconds"
IN REPLY REFER TO: 568
The serving of food which remains on the serving station to those men who might not have taken enough when it was first offered to them, is inconsistent with the idea of the standard balanced ration. This system of serving "seconds" has been discontinued in nearly every institution since it is a wasteful, time consuming, and unsanitary practice.
Except for the restricted items such as meats, margarine, and desserts, the men should be allowed to take all they want when they go past the serving station the first time.
Effective Febuary 1, 1944, the serving of "seconds" will be discontinued in all institutions in accordance with the Bureau policy of controlling poundage and waste. Please advise that this has been put into effect at your institution.
[NARA-SAN BRUNO:RG-129:ADMINISTRATIVE FILES]