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Cincinnati Cooks program gives second chance for career

CINCINNATI (Adam Clements) -- A special program at the Freestore/Foodbank wraps up this week. It's called Cincinnati Cooks and it's been around since 2001.

This program has made a big difference in a lot of lives over the past thirteen years. That trend of giving folks a second chance at life continues this week  as yet another class graduates from the Cincinnati Cooks program.

The five week class is geared toward teaching students everything they'll need to know to work in a restaurant, at a banquet hall or catering company. They'll earn their state mandated Servsafe certification as they learn how to grill, saute, bake and simmer.

As for these students, it's an opportunity for a fresh start. A lot of them have served in prison, some never graduated from high school, so that sense of accomplishment they get from the Cincinnati Cooks program is invaluable for these students.
A majority of the food that these students prepare every day is then taken to local schools and fed to underprivileged children.

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