Published: August 24, 2021
(Meredith) — Inmates at a Washington state jail can stock up on free packs of ramen noodles if they get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Earlier this month, the Benton County Jail in Kennewick announced it would give inmates 10 free packs of the popular commissary item as a vaccine incentive.
Fliers posted on the jail walls advertise the deal with the slogan: “SOUPS FOR SHOTS,” the Olympian reported.
“To encourage and support COVID vaccination efforts, the Benton County Department of Corrections will be providing each inmate that starts their vaccination series with 10 FREE RAMEN NOODLE SOUPS!!!” the posters read.
So far, the jail has given out 900 packets of ramen to 90 inmates, Benton County corrections chief Scott Souza told the Olympian.
“We’re doing everything we can do to incentivize vaccination, and we are getting [an] outstanding response,” Souza said.