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Grocery Store Cards Available in Durham Region

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

Ontario is working with its corporate partners, as well as unions and associations, to help residents of Durham Region who were affected by the ice storm and need financial help to replace spoiled food. “Our community, our society, our faith has always taught us that those who have the greatest need for help should be served first. This belief, that to those with the greatest need goes the first help, is the principle that determines how we distribute our provincial response to the recent ice storm disaster.”, explains Joe Dickson, MPP for Ajax-Pickering.

The Region of Durham will be distributing cards starting this Thursday, January 9th at 9:00 a.m.  Applications will be accepted by phone and eligible residents should call 1-888-721-0622 to apply. 

$450,000 in grocery store cards have been made available to communities outside Toronto that were hard hit by the recent ice storm.  

The grocery store cards are intended to help people who lost food and are unable to replace it without financial assistance. The initiative cannot provide grocery store cards to everyone who lost power, and is reserved for those facing the most need. “I would like to thank Durham Region for working with the Province to establish a plan that allows local residents who were most affected by the ice storm and need help to replace perishable food”, said Tracy MacCharles, MPP for Pickering-Scarborough East. To date, $842,600 in food grocery cards have been distributed, helping over 8,500 families and individuals.

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.

Corporate donors for this initiative include the Canadian Tire Family of Companies, the Canadian Red Cross, Loblaw Companies, Shoppers Drug Mart, Metro, Sobeys, Bruce Power, Costco Wholesale, Northland Power, Louie Coppa Family - A Coppa Family Tradition, CUPE Local 416, the Insurance Bureau of Canada, the Ontario Provincial Police Association, and the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 793, Scotiabank, Bank of Montreal, Ontario Professional Fire Fighter’s Association, IBEW Construction Council of Ontario and TransCanada Corporation. “I thank all of our corporate donors and our municipal partners for making this initiative, which has already helped thousands of families and individuals, possible. The overwhelming response in Toronto and the lessons learned there will help with the distribution in other communities.” , Remarks Madeleine Meilleur, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services

Ontarians are reminded to first contact their insurance companies to find out about their coverage and compensation for lost food.

For More Information:

Tracy MacCharles, MPP for Pickering-Scarborough East


Joe Dickson, MPP for Ajax-Pickering


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