Search for “food pantry near me”
Every year, during the holidays, searches for food banks and food pantries spike on Google. When you search for “food pantry near me,” you will see verified locations across the country. Pantries can now add more detail about their services: appointment requirements, grocery pickup, and meal services.
Search for “SNAP benefits”
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides food assistance to more than 40 million individuals. Search for "SNAP benefits" or the name of your local program to find detailed information about eligibility requirements, and direct links to apply.
Search for “EBT”
Once approved for the SNAP program, many people use Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards to pay for food. You can now search for “EBT” to find information about your state’s program, including how to log in, check your balance, and the telephone numbers for support.
Search for “grocery stores that accept EBT”
To find a USDA approved retailer who accepts EBT cards, try searching on Google Maps for “grocery stores that accept EBT.” You will find more than 180,000 USDA-approved grocery stores, convenience stores, farmers markets and other retailers near you that accept this payment method.
Last year, 53 million Americans turned to food banks and pantries to put meals on their tables. In the last month, 90% of Feeding America food banks have seen a sustained or increased need.
Together with Feeding America, we have identified 32 food banks who are delivering more meals to those in need, with less resources. Each of those food banks will receive $250,000 in funding for immediate relief, and to strengthen their tech infrastructure for long-term resilience.
Beast Philanthropy in Greenville
Packing holiday food boxes in North Carolina
Google volunteers in North Carolina teamed up with YouTube creator and philanthropist, MrBeast, to pack and distribute Holiday food boxes to families in Pitt County.
United Food Bank in Mesa
Supporting food rescue in Arizona with Waymo Via
Google volunteers in Arizona assembled holiday bags and loading them on a Waymo Via semi-truck at the United Food Bank in Mesa. Waymo currently transports excess food between food banks in Arizona to decrease food waste and ease the burden of gas prices.
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Serving those communities in greatest need in Oklahoma
Google volunteers assembled food kits and kids backpacks with snacks as a part of the food bank's commitment to its local communities.
The Store in the heart of Nashville
Protecting food dignity in Tennessee
Googlers volunteered at "The Store", Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams-Paisley’s referral-based free grocery store, which supports 350 families in the community.
Oregon Food Bank
Prepping food for distribution in Oregon
Volunteers lent a hand to priority projects at the food warehouse to get items ready for distribution to local food pantries during the busiest time of the year.
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Helping out at "The Market" in Pennsylvania
The Pittsburgh food bank just launched a new onsite food pantry with a grocery-store style experience. Volunteers will be stocking shelves, serving neighbors, and checking people in and out.
After a drop during the pandemic, searches for "volunteer opportunities near me" have doubled – surpassing pre-COVID levels. And searches for "where to donate food near me" have also increased by 2.5x.
This holiday season, join us and volunteer at your local Feeding America® food bank.
Get curious about the stories and the numbers in your own neighborhood, city, state and country. There are amazing resources online about the state of food insecurity and surplus food that could be recovered for hunger-relief.
- Take a look at this National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health
- Explore cross-sectional data in your city, state and country at Feeding America Data Commons
- Learn more about food waste and surplus recovery research through ReFED’s insights engine
According to the USDA, food waste is estimated at between 30-40 percent of the food supply in the US, and according to the EPA, food is the largest category of material placed in municipal landfills, where it emits methane, a greenhouse gas 20-30X worse for the environment than carbon dioxide.
- Learn about your own food waste carbon footprint with Your Plan Your Planet
- Plan your meals, store your food properly, reuse your leftovers, and compost food scraps to ensure they don’t end up in landfills.
- Watch Wasted! The Story of Food Waste with your family and friends
Get involved in your local community organizations that are already serving your neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity. They need your help! Feeding America and other hunger-relief organizations rely on the help of millions of volunteers every year and donations of food and money.
- Volunteer for a packing, cooking or cleaning shift at your local food bank and pantry
- Ask your employer if you can organize a food bank volunteering event for your company
- Volunteer to help delivery food with organizations like Meals on Wheels
- Give money and food to any hunger-relief organization of your choice
- Find and contribute food to your local community “freedge,” or “mini pantry,” or consider starting one of your own.
- Growers and farmers can donate extra food with Ample Harvest or Feeding America’s Meal Connect program
Your own voice is powerful. If you care about reducing food insecurity, speak up - at the dinner table, in your lunch room, and with your friends. Use your voice to help organize events and activities in support of ‘shortening the line’.
- Use the Food Waste Toolkit for the Office to start a conversation with your employer about reduction practices
- Learn more about bipartisan efforts being done to help solve for food insecurity, and watch the recent White House convening on national nutrition and health