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Food bank offers 'help' for metro Atlanta during COVID-19 crisis

A new text feature can identify the closest food pantries for those in need.

ATLANTA — Atlanta Community Food Bank is offering a new feature to help families and senior citizens that need food during the coronavirus crisis.

The new "Text for Help" feature will identify the three closest food pantries to you when you text "findfood" (no spaces) or "comida" (Spanish) to 888-976-2232. Texters will be prompted to give their zip code.

If no food pantries are available in a 10-mile radius, the app will direct you to the nearest pantry in a neighboring zip code.

“One in seven Georgians are food insecure. With statistics like this, the new text program for locating food will prove an invaluable resource for a great number of children and adults facing hunger in our area,” said Kyle Waide, President and CEO of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. 

The food bank says that this feature will remain in effect after the current pandemic.

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“Text for Help operates under a similar concept as the familiar Text to Give charitable platforms. With that program, the user has only to send a text to participate,” said Waide. “Our hope for the Text for Help system is to make it as easy as possible to place information literally in the hands of the people who need the services of a food pantry. It is immediate and personalized.”

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