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New website shows emergency food spots in Kent County

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Posted at 10:36 PM, Mar 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 00:19:52-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A new website is helping those in need of food assistance during the coronavius outbreak.

The website – helpkent.org – was created to show Kent County residents where they can "get food" if they're out of work due to the coronavirus, according to several nonprofit partners today.

"Many people still do not know where to turn locally for assistance to find food," they said.

The site is designed to connect people "directly to food resources" nearby.

Users can enter their address into a map and then see the community organizations around them that are offering food assistance.

The site will also be a "gateway" to other assistance available through the United Way's 211 helpline for essential services.

Helpkent.org was made by the Heart of West Michigan United Way, the project's leader, and a group of partners: Ama International, Projects For Purpose MI, I Site Consulting Group, Mallowfields and theKent County Essential Needs Task Force.