Province eyes food distribution as part of storm compensation

Ontario's "vulnerable" will have access to food at local distribution points

For some across the province, it's been seven days and counting without power. In that time, many have seen food from their fridge and freezer go to waste.

"This is one of the things that I have heard consistently from people, that they have lost food and don't have the money to replace it," Premier Kathleen Wynne said at a press conference Saturday morning.

It now appears the province is working on something as a way to compensate those people.

"What we're working on is a system whereby people who are vulnerable, who are not going to be able to afford to replace their food will be able to obtain healthy food at local distribution points."

At this point, there are few details.

"I debated whether to say anything about it this morning because I know they want details," said Wynne, adding she wanted people to know that the province is on it.

"We're working with organizations that have truck and that have the capacity to donate and we're working to get the distribution system in place."

Emergency Management Ontario is helping to figure out the distribution, which could be in places of worship, community centres and at the office of community organizations.

She says discussions with local and community officials continue, she'll be able to share more details. "My hope is that within the next 24 to 48 hours, we'll be able to announce how that additional food distribution will happen."

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  1. HP posted on 12/28/2013 10:06 PM
    Why? Rob Ford has lots to eat at home.
  2. franklin posted on 12/29/2013 09:53 AM
    Food, but only for those who somehow could not store their food outside or on a balcony.
  3. RandyW posted on 12/30/2013 08:07 AM
    WOW .... Can somebody say spring election! Forced taxation to buy votes ...LOVE IT!!!!!!
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