The Regional Municipality of Durham

Public Service Announcement

Information about Provincial Food Gift Card Distribution in Durham Region

WHITBY, ON January 6, 2014 – Following the Province's Food Gift Card Program announcement on Dec. 30, Durham expressed interest in participating in this initiative, which provided financial assistance to eligible Toronto residents, as a result of the loss of perishable food due to prolonged power outages.

In order to participate, the Province required Durham Region, through its local hydro utilities, to supply data related to the number of customers who were without power for at least 48 hours. Local hydro providers confirmed that there were 13,529 customers without power for 48 hours or more locally. Durham shared this information with the Province and in return is receiving 1,882 $50 gift cards for distribution.

While the Province has formally stated that this provincial initiative cannot provide gift cards to everyone who lost power, we are thankful for the opportunity to offer some assistance to those facing the greatest need.

Locally, the 1,882 cards provided by the Province will be able to assist approximately 700 families and 482 individuals.

Applications for Provincial Food Gift Cards will be accepted by phone, starting on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 9 a.m. Eligible residents should call 1-888-721-0622 to apply.


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