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Food for the Olympics has started arriving in Utah, as you'd imagine, in large quantities.

Food is arriving, like 13 semis full of soup. And one and a half million bite-size snacks. It's all under pretty tight security.

If you travel for hours to get there, and spend hours more watching Olympic sports in the cold, you might appreciate hot food and drink. During the concessionaire's trial run at the World Cup last year, it seemed to hit the spot.

"It's been great to have a hot lunch after being out in the cold all morning," said Ezra Cedarleaf at the World Cup event.

Making sure all that food gets to the athletes, workers and spectators is a big job, and Don Pritchard has to do it.

"400,000 pounds of beef. Literally a quarter-million pop-tarts, you know, that type of thing. I can keep going. That's what we do," said Pritchard, director of food services.

The food is arriving now at a huge central warehouse. It's under constant lock-and-key from point of manufacture until you chow down. It arrives at venues under seal from the U.S. Secret Service.

"Anybody who's going to try to pull something, oh, I'm sure could figure out a way to do it. But I'd say they're going to have some very tough challenges here with us," Pritchard said.

So when Olympic spectating works up an appetitie, how much will it cost you?

Well, $5 for a hot dog. Five bucks for Campbell's soup. The same for a bowl of nachos. Cinammon rolls or muffins are a relative bargain at $4. Hot chocolate or coffee is $3.50. A family of four would be out 50 bucks if each has a hot dog, a hot drink and a snack.

Organizers say that's comparable to, or cheaper than, other sports events around the country.

"We never wanted to put ourselves in a position where we looked like we are gouging folks," Pritchard said.

If you're thinking about taking your own food and drink to the venues, forget it. For security reasons, it's just not allowed.

But not to worry. Like everything else about the Olympics, the food is super-sized.

"Every one of our portions are oversized for these games. And so it's a 16-ounce mug of hot chocolate," Pritchard said.

Oh, and at all venues there's a cold drink that's totally free. It's called water. They expect to serve two and a half million meals inside the fences, with an estimated price of 40 million dollars.