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Thunder Bay Regional Food Bank Expanding Services

McGuinty Government Helping Provide Nutrition and Job Training In The North

A new regional food distribution centre in Thunder Bay is expanding its services to support more families in need and provide new training opportunities for Northerners.

With support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the Regional Food Distribution Association of Northwestern Ontario is renovating a 14,599-square foot building to house a new food storage warehouse and commercial kitchen facilities. It is scheduled to open in 2011.

The new kitchen will be used to provide training in food handling and preparation with the goal of generating between five to 10 jobs a year through new businesses started up by trainees. The increased storage at this facility will help more low-income families put food on their tables each year.

This funding is part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and economic opportunity in Northern Ontario. 

Quick Facts

  • The Ontario government is investing $237,500 in this project through the NOHFC's Infrastructure and Community Development Program.
  • The Thunder Bay Regional Food Distribution Association of Northwestern Ontario serves a wide area including: Schreiber, Nipigon, Geraldton, Dryden, Ignace, Marathon, Kakabeka and Thunder Bay.

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“I am pleased to see that this community organization continues to make a positive difference in Northwestern Ontario through its food bank services and by launching a new training initiative that will help its clients find new job opportunities.”

Michael Gravelle

Minister of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry, and chair of the NOHFC

“While meeting its core objective of food distribution throughout our community and region, the new facility will also provide skills training for people who are interested in learning about food handling, preparation, and cooking. This opportunity will help them build the confidence they need to succeed in their future endeavours.”

Bill Mauro

MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“he Regional Food Distribution Association is thrilled that the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund is assisting us with this project. New opportunities will be created to partner with the Thunder Bay District Health Unit, Confederation College, Our Kids Count, and local grocery stores. Commercial kitchen training and community kitchen activities opens new doors to employment and small business opportunities, and will also support those wishing to learn more about economical and nutritious cooking for their families.”

Larry Brigham

Chair, Regional Food Distribution Association of Northwestern Ontario (RFDA)

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