days this week, Ontario and its private sector partners distributed $842,600 in
food gift cards to more than 8,500 Toronto families and individuals who lost
food due to the ice storm. The Toronto distribution is now complete.
The province worked to distribute the cards quickly to help
those in need as soon as possible. The response to this initiative has been
overwhelming, and exceeded the anticipated demand.
government would like to extend its thanks to the City of Toronto's Employment
and Social Services Branch, and in particular to frontline staff at Ontario
Works offices who rose to the challenge of delivering this important initiative
to the people of Toronto. While
the program has had its challenges, it helped thousands of people in need who
would not have received this support without it.
Ontario continues to work with affected municipalities to
expand the initiative outside of Toronto. More details on the expansion of the
initiative to other municipalities will be announced soon.
gift card distribution has been made possible through the generosity of
Ontario's corporate sector, who worked with the province to quickly deliver
food aid to those who need it most.