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Free food distribution hopes to help students rebound

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Posted at 6:03 AM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 11:33:03-05

CINCINNATI — Wednesday is the first day Queen City Career Prep High School is offering free food to its students, and school officials hope the food will help their students after a tough 2020.

According to Dr. Angela Rivers-Harper, a business office manager with Queen City Prep High School, some students have lost their jobs or housing because of the pandemic. Students often had to choose between getting their education or making sure they have food.

The free-food program is a way to support those students who want get their education but have other financial responsibilities to consider.

"I had a student come and say that they slept outside, and the day that they slept outside, it was like 30 degrees," Rivers-Harper said. "I don't want them to give up. I don't want them to stop fighting. I want them to keep fighting."

The free-food program also offers students hygiene kits, showers and a chance to do their laundry. The program happens once a month at 2170 Gilbert Ave., and Wednesday's starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 11:30 a.m.