Over three 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.
The Ontario 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.
The 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.