Prison orders hundreds of pizzas on game day

HUTCHINSON — Two Pizza Huts in Hutchinson knew they'd be busy on Super Bowl Sunday, but not this busy: They're splitting a to-go order for more than 900 large pizzas and 9,600 chicken wings.

The order, which will cost more than $11,000, is part of a fundraiser for the Hutchinson Correctional Center's planned Spiritual Life Center.

The prison will get 942 large, hand-tossed pizzas at $8 apiece and will charge inmates $11, with about $3,000 going toward the center.

The order also includes 9,630 wings — boneless to minimize the security risk.

The Hutchinson News reported that only inmates with good behavioral records got the chance to order pizza and chicken wings for today.

"My first reaction was I didn't believe them," said Allen Plumley, general manager of one of the restaurants. "Super Bowl Sunday is one of our busiest days to begin with, but the biggest rush is right before the game or at halftime."

Prison spokesman Steve Schneider said 811 of the facility's 1,862 inmates had placed an order.

"We're not just ordering pizza for every inmate in the place," Schneider said. "Each inmate orders the pizza for themselves, and they're paying from their own accounts."

More than 30 employees at each store will be involved in filling the order. Ten cooks were to start preparing the pizzas around midnight.

Schneider said prison employees will pick up the order, and the food will be delivered to inmates as soon as it reaches the prison.