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TBDSSAB Announces Recipients of the 2022 Food Security Fund


June 28, 2022 – The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board (TBDSSAB) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Food Security Fund.

The Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP)which includes the former Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative—is a provincially-funded program that supports Ontario’s 47 municipal Service Managers to provide affordable housing and support services for people at risk of or experiencing homelessness. The objective of the program is to support Service Managers in preventing, addressing and reducing homelessness, including chronic homelessness.


The Food Security Fund is a TBDSSAB initiative under the HPP that aims to provide financial support to food security initiatives in the District of Thunder Bay that help address and prevent homelessness.


The total 2022 allocation for Food Security Fund grants is $779,440, compared to $468,281 in 2021. A total of 18 organizations across the District of Thunder Bay have received funding for food security initiatives for 2022.

Dew Drop Inn Thunder Bay $19,637
Elevate NWO $38,000
Elizabeth Fry Society of Northwestern Ontario $19,470
Evergreen a United Neighbourhood $75,000
John Howard Society of Thunder Bay $15,000
Marathon Community Collective Food Bank $13,000
Marjorie House $15,561
Matawa First Nations Management $50,050
Municipality of Greenstone – Geraldton Family Resource Centre $11,500
Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre $31,017
Our Kids Count $89,000
P.A.C.E $7,000
Regional Food Distribution Association $88,000
Roots to Harvest $21,945
Rural Cupboard Food Bank $66,000
Salvation Army $45,960
Shelter House Thunder Bay $81,900
Urban Abbey $91,400
TOTAL $779,440


  • “We are grateful to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing for giving service managers as much flexibility through HPP as there was through CHPI. The Food Security Fund is a perfect example of how we can adapt provincial funding to address the local needs of our communities.” – Lucy Kloosterhuis, Board Chair, TBDSSAB
  • “With the increased need in the past two years resulting from income insecurity and rising food costs we are grateful for the opportunity to support our communities by allocating more funding to food security.” – Bill Bradica, Chief Administrative Officer, TBDSSAB
  • “Evergreen a United Neighbourhood is working to ensure that we can continue to provide enough for the vulnerable who are at risk of homelessness with the rising costs of rent, utilities, and rising prices.  As an organization, we can buy and cook in bulk allowing us to feed hundreds of people weekly. Evergreen believes in outcome-based services that connect folks to easy to access food and community resources. We wish to recognize The District of Thunder Bay Social Services Administration Board for this vital funding to feed our community, this will be a game changer for our organization.” –  Linda Bruins Executive Director, Evergreen a United Neighbourhood
  • “The Good Lunch Kit from OKC (and the Good Food Box Program) has made it so that I don’t have to choose between paying my bills and feeding my child. It has meant that he has snacks for his lunch and better options for his meal during the day. When we saw the Peaches this month he actually cried because he was so excited, that’s a treat that we don’t often get. Every month has something special in the lunch kit that makes him do a little happy dance. It also makes him feel like he fits in better at school in his classroom because he gets special things like the other kids do. Thank you for these good lunch kits, wholeheartedly, they mean so much to our family.” –  Family Recipient, Our Kids Count



One adult and three youth in a green room, standing in front of a metal kitchen rack filled with groceries. The child on the right is making the peace gesture with her An adult in a knit poncho stands outside smiling in the snow with a large box of groceries at her feet
Evergreen a United Neighbourhood, Food Security Fund 2022

Example of a food kit from Our Kids Count, depicting fresh vegetables and groceries spread out on a large table.

Food Kit via Our Kids Count, Food Security Fund 2022


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