Fulfill, formerly The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, has launched a new "FindFood" text system, where local residents can find the closest food pantry without having to leave the house.

FindFood will allow people to find the three nearest pantries, just by texting "findfood" to 888-918-2729. Spanish-speakers can text "comida" to the same number. You'll get a text back asking for your zip code, then be given the locations of local food pantries.

Fulfill CEO and President Kim Guadagno said:

If you’ve just lost your job and you are struggling to put food on the table for your family, the last thing you want to do is hunt around for a food pantry. Fulfill’s ‘FindFood’ text platform provides our food insecure neighbors with immediate and customized resources. We want to make it as easy as possible for people in need to find a food pantry that’s convenient and open… and now, that information is available to them in the palm of their hands. This is a major milestone for food access to all at a critical time.

This is a great thing, because as this time of quarantine goes on, more and more people are going to faced with tighter budgets. It's an unfortunate truth, but people that have never gone to a food bank before may have to start, and just texting a number to get information is one of the easiest ways.

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