There is a new tool available for residents in need who live in Monmouth and Ocean counties and we need to get the word out about.

Thanks to Fulfill, formerly known as The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, there is a new texting too that people can use to find the closest food pantries in the area.

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It is called the "FindFood" text system and here is how it works.

You simply text, "findfood" for English speakers with no spaces or "comida" for Spanish speakers to (888) 918-2729. Once the texter provides their zip code, the service will identify the three closest food pantries.

“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,” said Fulfill CEO and President Kim Guadagno, the former Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey.

There are thousands of flyers and signs posted throughout the Jersey Shore to help promote this new program but the easiest way for this information to reach the people that need it most is for you to share this story.

Since the coronavirus pandemic started, there has been a 40% increase in demand for food and Fulfill has served more than 360,000 additional meals in the past month alone.

So please make sure you share this story and tag people who you think may be in need of it. Our goal is to help EVERYONE make it through this together.

If more information on this service or if you want to donate, please visit FulfillNJ.org.

Thank you Fulfill for all that you have done and are doing to help everyone make it through this pandemic.

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