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City of Windsor and local foundations partner to provide $100 grocery gift cards to approximately 3,500 low-income families with children

As the COVID-19 pandemic has created numerous challenges for residents trying to social distance and for food banks trying to help families, two local families have stepped forward with donations of $100,000 each to help.

The Solcz Family Foundation and the Windsor Spitfires “Family” are each providing $100,000 to purchase grocery store gift cards that will be used by local families with children in the Ontario Works (OW) program.

"During unprecedented times like these, our best response is to act collectively and immediately to ensure our community is receiving the support they need.  Our hope is that others who have the resources, will consider joining us and donating what they can to support local food security during this time," said Kyrsten Solcz, Executive Director, Solcz Family Foundation.

"When it comes to giving, there is no better community than Windsor.  The Windsor Spitfires family is proud to do what we can to support those who need it most at this very trying time."  Brian Schwab, Stephen and John Savage, Bob Boughner and the Windsor Spitfires Organization believe, "Giving is not just about making a donation, it's about making a difference."

There are approximately 3,500 families with children supported by Ontario Works in Windsor-Essex so the City of Windsor and the WindsorEssex Community Foundation also provided funding to bring the total for this Families to Families initiative to $355,000 dollars, thereby allowing for the purchase of $100 grocery store gift cards for each registered family with children on OW.

“The incredibly generous donations from the Solcz and Spitfire families gave us a huge opportunity to help our residents on Ontario Works, in paying for groceries and the option of having groceries delivered,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.  “This is also helping our foodbanks as well.  We know that foodbanks and volunteers are working non-stop to support people they’ve never had to support before. This effort to provide gift cards for grocery stores will help ease that burden.”

“In challenging times like these, it is more important than ever for the community to work together, and support one another,” said Lisa Kolody, Executive Director, WECF.  “The WindsorEssex Community Foundation supports our organizations, individuals and families that are pulling their resources together to help in this time of need through our W/E Cares campaign and response fund.”

The gift cards will be usable at any one of the 11 Loblaw’s family of grocery stores – including Zehrs, No Frills, and Real Canadian Superstores.

The cards will be distributed to the registered families as soon as possible.

The Ontario Works offices in Leamington and Windsor are closed to the public due to social distancing and COVID-19 but staff continue to work to help clients in need.  Please visit the Ontario Works pages on the City of Windsor website for more information.

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