The Corona situation is far from over and the nation-wide lockdown in India has been extended till May 3. Amidst the turmoil, state governments and NGOs are operating food shelters and night shelters to help migrant workers and other economically weak sections sustain during the emergency, and Google is working with the government to make these facilities easier to locate.
If you want to help a fellow desperate citizen with the location of nearest food or night shelter, here is what you can do:
Method 1: Call the Helpline number
Vodafone and Idea users can directly call on this number: 000 800 9191 000
This is Google Assistant’s Hotline, and after dialing the number, you may ask for “Food Shelters in <Followed by city name>. For instance, say, Food shelters in Aligarh’.
Method 2: Search in Google Maps
Or you can simply open Google Maps and check for ‘Food shelter’ and ‘Night shelters’ search shortcuts in the Explore bar at the top.
The service currently works in 31+ cities and Google is working on expanding it to more regions.
To search in other cities, use “Food shelters in <City>” and “Night shelters in <City>” tabs.
You may also use Google Assistant and Google search directly to search for nearby food shelters and night shelters.