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Food Gift Card Distribution Resumes in Toronto on January 2nd

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Food Gift Card Distribution Resumes in Toronto on January 2nd

Province and Private Sector Working Together to Help Those Most In Need

The gift card distribution initiative will resume tomorrow and continue Friday for Toronto residents most in need who may have lost food during power outages caused by last week's ice storm.  

There has been an overwhelming demand for gift cards with $160,000 in cards distributed already on Tuesday, Dec. 31. 

More cards will be available tomorrow. However, supplies will be limited, and line ups are expected at the 15 Ontario Works offices making the cards available. The supply of cards is expected to be larger on Friday, Jan. 3 and residents who can wait until then are encouraged to do so. 

The gift cards are intended to help people who have lost food and are unable to replace it without financial assistance. This initiative cannot provide gift cards to everyone who lost power, and should be reserved for those facing the most need. 

The initiative will be expanded to communities outside of Toronto in the next few days and details will be provided as they become available. Other corporate donors are encouraged to come forward as the government continues its commitment to match all corporate donations. 

Working to help communities recover from the ice storm is part of the government's plan to work together as One Ontario to build a successful, compassionate and united province where everyone has the opportunity to connect, contribute and enjoy a high quality of life. 

Quick Facts

  • Approximately $160,000 worth of gift cards were distributed on Dec. 31, 2013.
  • Corporate donations and provincial matching funds total more than $460,000 so far with more expected.
  • Ontarians are reminded to first contact their insurance companies first to find out about their coverage and compensation for lost food.

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“I thank all corporate donors for their generous donations, and encourage others to contribute to this worthwhile effort. While not perfect, the program was put in place to get the gift cards to people as soon as possible, and the overwhelming response demonstrates the need that existed among people affected by the storm.”

Madeleine Meilleur

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

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