Jun 29, 2021 - Technology

Google Maps adds info on nearby food pantries

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Google is making it easier for those who are hungry to find a local food bank by offering a new locator tool within Google Maps.

Why it matters: The 2021 reality is there are plenty of people in the U.S. who have plenty of access to the internet, but not enough access to food.

Details:

  • Google said the new map feature allows people to search for their nearest food bank, food pantry or school meal program pickup site.
  • Data, including nearly 90,000 locations offering assistance, is provided by No Kid Hungry, FoodFinder and the Agriculture Department.

The big picture: Hunger has reached crisis levels amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Feeding America estimates that 45 million people, or one in seven Americans, experienced food insecurity in 2020, a nearly 30% increase from 2019.
  • Google said that searches for nearby food banks, applications for government nutrition aid and info on school lunches all reached record highs last year.
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