Office of the Premier
As Ontarians continue to recover from the ice storm, the government is supporting community efforts to help people in need who have experienced hardship with the loss of perishable food due to prolonged power outages.
Yesterday, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the Ontario government matched Loblaw's generous donation of $25,000 toward grocery store gift cards. She also encouraged both businesses and individuals to join in this community initiative.
Since then, with the assistance of the Retail Council of Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart has matched Loblaw's contribution of $25,000. Metro has stepped up to the challenge with $25,000. Sobeys has contributed $25,000 and Coppas Fresh Market has also donated $5,000 in gift cards. The government of Ontario will match these generous donations and any other corporate donations received to a maximum of $100,000.
The Daily Bread Food Bank is currently working to coordinate distribution which will begin in Toronto. The initiative will be expanded to other affected municipalities as needs are identified.
Toronto residents who have experienced prolonged power outage who need help will be able to collect a gift card at one of 15 Ontario Works Toronto offices beginning Tuesday, December 31 and ending Friday, January 3, 2014.
This initiative is part of the Ontario government's continued efforts to help those affected by the ice storm. The Province has been working with its partners around the clock to restore power to all those affected and keep people safe.
We proudly make this donation knowing the funds will give food to families in a unique time of need. In good times and in bad, Loblaw tries to be a leader in hunger relief. This donation is part of our year-round, nationwide effort to help those who need food most. We are very pleased to work with the Premier and the Province in helping people in need.”
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