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Texting service connects families with nearby free meals for kids

A Free Meals Finder text message service connects families and caregivers to information about free meals for children.

No Kid Hungry is a nationwide nonprofit that works to eradicate child hunger in America. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), around 11 million children in the U.S. live in a food insecure home. The pandemic revealed many gaps in the resources available to the nation’s most vulnerable and, with many children learning remotely, the one guaranteed school meal some students depended on is no longer an option.

Many schools, churches and community centers are providing families with children under age 18 a free meal and a helpful tool offered by No Kid Hungry makes finding those locations simple.

There are dozens of sites across Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties and the texting service, as well as the No Kid Hungry website, help people find the location closest to them. The tool provides details about the day and time a meal is available, as well as the address and phone number for the organization.

You can text the word FOOD to 877-877 to access this information directly on your cell phone.

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