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Feb 27, 2013

I arrived at Texas death row 22 years of age, eating nothing but sweets and meat and just about anything sent my way.  Then as I started to get older my health, specifically my energy started to wane.  I'd found myself sleeping for days at a time, and not doing much work in the form of saving my life, I felt depressed. Then one day I stopped eating "prison meat".

I have never in my life had the support of my family so I was forced to eat the prison food here.  It is not good food, think about cooking,  you cooking, you like to, some of us right? Well now think about you having to cook for 4,000 people every single day! Thats crazy, but its what goes on here and prisons all across the world.  The food is undercooked,  maybe on purpose,  or because so much is being cooked, and it is not enough or healthy.  I stopped eating all of the meat that Polunsky Unit prison serves.  I switched my tray to a vegetable tray.

The vegetarian diet basically consists of beans,  some times lima, mostly though pinto, and two trays of vegetables.  After starting this diet I instantly started losing weight, no more pastas, and no more mixed meats, "mystery meats" we call them, just beans and veggies.   The problem, well it is not much of a problem, as I am not as hungry as I once was, but there are times at night when I go to sleep hungry, because they simply put more food on the regular trays.

Which leads to why I am asking you for your help.  Here they allow us to go to commissary twice a month and we spend $85 each time. On the commissary list they sell an assortment of products,  mostly unhealthy foods like snacks, cookie chips, and meat products, all of which I do not eat.  The healthy foods, the higher foods, are simply peanuts, sunflower seeds,  energizer, trail mixes and oatmeal.   Im hoping that you will all help me be able to buy these healthier foods so that I can maintain a healthy diet for a 220 pound man despite being on death row.

I know that my request is almost crazy, but after I started reading about how animals are treated in various books, most notably The Food Revolution by John Robbins,  I can assure you that I will never eat meat again in my life time.  I also read how meat and other processed foods cause cells yo mutate in Dr Fuhrmans book called Supper Immunity, so I was elated to know that when I stopped eating meat that I was actually bettering my health.  And this is why I am asking for your assistance in purchasing oatmeal and nuts from the prison comissary.

If you want to help you can donate to my prison account via

Again thank you for your time,

Gerald Marshall #999489
Texas death row 

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