Ice storm aftermath: Waterloo-Wellington residents can apply for grocery cards
Residents line up for grocery gift cards at the Golden Mile Employment & Social Services Office in Scarborough, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2013. (Francis Gibbs / CTV Toronto)
Published Monday, January 6, 2014 11:50AM EST
Last Updated Monday, January 6, 2014 4:57PM EST
Did you lose food in power outages caused by the late December ice storm?
If you did, and you live in Waterloo Region or Wellington County, you may be eligible for one of the grocery cards being given out by those municipalities.
The cards, which were first given out to affected residents in Toronto, are intended to help people who lost food in the storm and don’t have the financial ability to replace it.
In Waterloo Region, anyone who lost power for 48 hours and needs financial assistance to replace lost food is asked to call 519-883-2100 between Tuesday and Thursday and select option 1 to apply for the program.
In Wellington County, residents who fit the same criteria are asked to apply by calling 519-837-2670 ext. 4794 between Tuesday and Thursday.
The cards are funded through a joint initiative between the province, Ontario’s corporate sector, unions and associations.
A total of $450,000 worth of grocery cards is being made available to residents in Waterloo Region, Wellington County, Hamilton, Dufferin and Northumberland counties and the Durham, Halton, Peel and York regions.
Cards worth $842,600 were distributed in Toronto last week, with Premier Kathleen Wynne facing severe criticism over big crowds and a lack of information about the card distribution program.
With files from The Canadian Press