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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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1 in 5 Latino households had to skip meals in 2020, report finds

A volunteer at a food bank in Santa Barbara County, Calif., fills up a car with groceries in April. Photo: Daniel Dreifuss/Bloomberg via Getty Images

One in five Latino households with children in the U.S. had to skip meals during 2020, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

State of play: Latino and Black households were more likely not to have enough to eat during 2020 than they were in 2019, per USDA’s annual Household Food Security report.

GOP Rep. Gonzalez retires in face of Trump-backed primary

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R) announced his retirement on Thursday, declining to run against a Trump-backed primary challenger in 2022.

Why it matters: Gonzalez has suffered politically since siding with House Democrats to impeach the 45th president after the Capitol riot.

Swing voters oppose Texas abortion law

Protesters at a rally at the Texas State Capitol. Photo: Jordan Vonderhaar/Getty Images

All 10 swing voters in Axios’ latest focus groups — including those who described themselves as "pro-life" — said they oppose Texas' new anti-abortion law.

Why it matters: If their responses reflect larger patterns in U.S. society, this could hurt Republicans with women and independents in next year's midterm elections. The swing voters cited overreach, invasion of privacy and concerns about frivolous lawsuits jamming up the courts.