Google is integrating the location information about local food and night shelters on Google Maps. The initiative comes amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, where a set of the unprivileged populace is relying on private and government organizations for basic survival.
For now, access to this information is via search on Google Maps app, but it will also be available through quick-access shortcuts soon. For those who use feature phones and not Android, searching on KaiOS should also show up results.
To find the location of these shelters, one needs to open the Google Maps app and type ‘Food shelters in
Since the lockdown has brought both public and private transport to a grinding halt, migrant workers and daily wage earners have had to contend with dire circumstances with regards to daily necessities. As has been in headlines, many migrants have even resorted to walking back their way home hundreds of miles because of no provisions for food and shelter.
It’s a great initiative to extend the services of the organizations doing the good work, but we’re still unclear how it will help the daily wage workers directly as very few of them know the proper use of this tech. However, it will be a useful database for authorities, and it will help them guide the needy in a more organized way.