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Free meals and deals for government workers

Help for unpaid workers in the Cincinnati area
Posted at 12:49 PM, Jan 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 15:47:36-05

At Cincinnati State this week, culinary students were preparing meals, more than 1,500 meals in all, to help unpaid government workers.

Executive chef Jason Lafferty was coordinating the free Thursday night dinner at the school's Summit restaurant, in partnership with La Soupe, which provided take-out meals.

"It provides opportunity and exposure, and of course just to help people is a wonderful feeling," Lafferty said.

While that free meal program is over for now, many other businesses are trying to help government workers, now looking at their second payday with no check.

Among them, EPA contract worker Keane Gleeson, who is filing for unemployment to get through a month with no pay. "Not a good time to be losing income," he said.

The good news is that generous Cincinnati companies and agencies are trying to help out folks like Gleeson.

Free meals

Unpaid workers with ID will find free food at:

  • IKEA in West Chester, which is offering free breakfasts
  • The Senate Restaurant in OTR and Blue Ash
  • Smoking This and That Barbecue in Florence, KY

Deferred hospital bills

Hospitals waiving fees and co-pays include:

  • Mercy Health
  • Tri Health
  • St Elizabeth

Banking breaks

Several banks are offering no fee loans or waived payments, including:

  • Fifth Third
  • US Bank
  • Chase Bank
  • CinFed Credit Union

Cell phone providers

Unpaid workers may be able to defer cell phone payments to:

  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile
  • Sprint

Free haircuts

  • Darren and Co Salon in Anderson Township is offering free haircuts. You must call ahead and confirm you are an upaid government employee and make an appointment.

Trampoline jumping to vent frustration

And the Sky Zone has free trampoline jumping to take out all that frustration many unpaid workers are feeling.

Know of any other freebies for government employees? Email or message me at the links below.

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