NEW DELHI: With the Delhi government announcing that it will provide free lunch and dinner to those who don’t have access to food during the lockdown, you can now use Google Maps to help people locate those places where food is being served. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has shared a customised Google Maps, which marks the location of Hunger Relief Centres across Delhi. This map also provides the exact location of night shelters.
Using this customised map, you can direct a needy person to the nearest food distribution centre. This map has been updated with over 500 hunger relief centres. As far as the timings are concerned, anyone can walk into these centres between 12 PM and 3 PM for lunch, 6 PM and 9 PM for dinner. Note that the service is totally free and for everyone.
-Zoom in to this map and find the nearest shelter home or Hunger Relief Centre. The shelter homes are marked by the Red crossed knife and spoon icon while the schools are marked with Blue food & beverage icon.
-Just click on the nearest location. On clicking, the exact address appears on the left hand.
-To help the needy person with the exact direction, just click on the directions icon (a Quadrilateral icon with right arrow inside) on the top right corner of the Red colour banner that opens on the side.
-While sharing the location, do consider whether that person will have to walk or not. Walking routes are generally shorter.
-On doing so, another tab of Google Maps will open. Enter the starting point and share the direction with the other person over WhatsApp or any other chat.
-Alternatively, you can simply tell the person to search for that particular school or shelter name on Google Maps to get the direction. You can also SMS the exact Google Maps coordinates (latitude and longitude) of the relief centre and tell them to search for the same coordinates on Google Maps.
Also, it is highly recommended that you suggest them to download an offline map of the entire location or preferably the entire city
What to do if the person does not have a smartphone?
To direct someone to the nearest relief location who does not have a smartphone. Select a walking route and expand the direction details. Copy the direction details of major crossing and landmarks and simply SMS them this information. If they do not have any phone, you can even write this Google Maps direction details on paper and tell them to follow it.