Cincinnati State opens food pantry to help students

Published: Nov. 15, 2016 at 4:39 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2016 at 11:39 AM EST
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CLIFTON, OH (FOX19) - A local college is going above and beyond to make sure its students have enough to eat.

Cincinnati State is opening an on-campus food pantry for those in need.

Students can obtain up to three days worth of food and toiletries at the Surge Cupboard.

"Food insecurity is particularly damaging for students, especially those who have children, as many of our students do," said Monica Posey, President of Cincinnati State. "The new food pantry will not only directly help students in need, but also will serve as another way that Cincinnati State is helping in the regional goal of addressing child poverty."

While most of the college's 9,000 students do not face food shortages, a significant number do, which is what prompted the initiative.

"When we help a parent earn a college education and enter a career that allows them to support their family, we are helping the children of that family," said Posey. "Still, immediate needs such as food insecurity must be addressed to allow parents to complete their education."

Employees have donated to the food pantry, but the college is asking for both monetary and product donations from the public.

You can make a monetary donation online, or call 513-569-4699.

Donations of non-perishable foods and toiletries can also be delivered to a bin located outside of Main Building, room 137.

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