Food gift card distribution program to resume Thursday
People line up at the Golden Mile employment and social services office as they await the arrival of additional gift cards on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. (Jackie Crandles/CP24)
Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Wednesday, January 1, 2014 7:52PM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, January 1, 2014 7:59PM EST
The province says it is ready to resume its food gift card program on Thursday morning, two days after hundreds of residents lined up for hours only to be turned away due to a limited supply.
The gift cards, which will be available at 15 Ontario Works offices, are intended to help residents replace food lost as a result of prolonged power outages following a massive ice storm around the holidays.
For a list of locations distributing the gift cards follow this link.
Though a limited supply of the cards will be available for distribution on Thursday, the province is urging residents who can wait until Friday to pick up their card to do so, as a larger number of cards are expected to be on hand for distribution then.
Families in need are eligible to receive a $100 gift card, while individuals are eligible for a $50 gift card.
The gift cards have been donated by a handful of major grocery retailers with the province stepping in to match the total.
On Tuesday about $160,000 worth of gift cards were distributed.
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