Updated: Sep 12, 2020
In response to the growing hunger crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, WhyHunger—a leader in the movement to end hunger and advance the human right to nutritious food in the U.S. and around the world—has partnered with 10x Management and their mapping gurus and software engineers, Greg Sadetsky and Colin Wren, to create the first-ever comprehensive, crowd sourced and open sourced interactive map of free meal sites in the U.S.
Food insecurity has become one of the most immediate challenges of the COVID-19 economic fallout. With unprecedented unemployment sweeping the nation, hunger is on the rise and we are heading for a real crisis. Access to healthy and nutritious foods is a basic human right, and one that we need to fight to protect even in the most challenging of times,” said Noreen Springstead, executive director, WhyHunger. “Having already built the most comprehensive database of food organizations in the U.S., and to expand upon our recent work with Waze, we were eager to jump in and collaborate on this new critical partnership to help increase access to food within communities, while engaging volunteers nationwide.”
With COVID-19 meal sites being added weekly and food pantries pivoting their hours and operations to meet growing needs, the map provides the opportunity for food insecure individuals to more easily and safely access nutritious food and meals in their area. Simultaneously, the map helps connect those who wish to help with volunteer opportunities that can be accomplished while sheltering in place by calling free food sites to verify they are open and able to provide food at this time. Volunteers can elect to be assigned sites in their area, or nationwide.
To access the map, or to sign up for volunteer opportunities please visit: https://whyhunger.org/findfood.
To learn more about WhyHunger’s work or to donate to the Rapid Response Fund, which will help expand the organization’s national Find Food Database, Hotline & Texting service, visit: https://whyhunger.org/rapidresponsedonate/.