Thunder Bay Regional Food Bank Expanding Services

October 29, 2010

McGuinty Government Helping Provide Nutrition and Job Training In The North

A new regional food distribution centre in Thunder Bay is expanding its services to support more families in need and provide new training opportunities for Northerners.

With support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the Regional Food Distribution Association of Northwestern Ontario is renovating a 14,599-square foot building to house a new food storage warehouse and commercial kitchen facilities. It is scheduled to open in 2011.The new kitchen will be used to provide training in food handling and preparation with the goal of generating between five to 10 jobs a year through new businesses started up by trainees. The increased storage at this facility will help more low-income families put food on their tables each year.

This funding is part of the Open Ontario plan to create jobs and economic opportunity in Northern Ontario.

QUICK FACTS

> The Ontario government is investing $237,500 in this project through the NOHFC’s Infrastructure and Community Development Program.
> The Thunder Bay Regional Food Distribution Association of Northwestern Ontario serves a wide area including: Schreiber, Nipigon, Geraldton, Dryden, Ignace, Marathon, Kakabeka and Thunder Bay.

LEARN MORE

Read about the NOHFC’s programs
Discover more about the Regional Food Distribution Association.

CONTACTS

Joanne Ghiz
Minister’s Office
416-327-0655
joanne.ghiz@nullontario.ca

Michel Lavoie
Communications Branch
705-564-7125
michel.lavoie@nullontario.ca

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