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Food Pantries Turn To Text Messages To Help Hungry

A new program using text messages will allow hungry central Ohio residents to learn more about the nearest food banks.

The goal is linking people who need extra food with underused food pantries in their neighborhoods.

Jeff Grennell, director of the Southside Community Ministries Food Pantry in Columbus, tells the Columbus Dispatch for a story Monday that people in Franklin County go hungry for no need because they don't know where to turn for help.

Columbus City Council last week agreed to provide $135,349 to HandsOn Central Ohio to begin the system, which is scheduled to start next year.

Residents of three poor city neighborhoods will be able to text their name, address and need for food and get a quick appointment in the next few days.