Google launched a new website called Looking for food support, It provides an important resource on how to find free and affordable food in the United States in one place.Perhaps the most useful feature that the site can provide is a new Google Map Tools that can point you to the nearest food bank, pantry, or school lunch program pick-up location.
As the technology giant explained, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the hunger of people around the world.according to Feed America (PDF) Last year, 45 million people in the United States alone had no reliable access to affordable food, including children who did not have access to school lunches. This is an increase of 30% over 2019. The non-profit organization’s forecast for 2021 is slightly better, but it still believes that 42 million people in the country — 13 million of whom are children and one-fifth of them black — may experience food insecurity this year.
Google worked with No Kid Hungry, FoodFinder, and the United States Department of Agriculture to add 90,000 free food support locations in 50 states to the map. The company said it will add more locations in the future. To use the tool, all you need to do is visit the website (either on a PC or on a mobile device) and enter your location. Then, it will show you the nearest food bank and food store, as well as their addresses, phone numbers, and their business dates and times.
Find Food Support also provides YouTube videos showing how food insecurity affects people in all walks of life. Hope to eliminate the stigma of food insecurity, because the stigma associated with getting help prevents people from seeking groups and organizations that can help when they need it. In addition, the site contains links to food support hotlines, welfare guides for each state, and information about specific demographics and communities (such as seniors, families and children, and military families). If you don’t need food aid and want to help, you can also find information on how to donate food, time or money on the website.
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