Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Significance Labs releases ‘Easy Food Stamps’

You can now apply for nutrition assistance through your smartphone.

A civic technology outfit has made it easier to apply for SNAP benefits.

(Photo by Flickr user Maulleigh, used under a Creative Commons license)

Disclosure: This reporter is also a Next City contributor.

Easy Food Stamps is a new app out of Significance Labs, a new fellowship program in Brooklyn that builds technology for those who’ve crossed the digital divide but don’t have a lot in common with the people building the net today.

Easy Food Stamps is a way to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) with your mobile device. There’s more detail at Next City, which writes:

“We’ve all been annoyed at some point by navigating government services like waiting in line at the DMV, or filing taxes or applying for a passport,” says Chen. “For low-income Americans, it’s no longer just an annoyance, it’s a necessity. The system, despite being more important for these Americans, isn’t any easier for them.”

“At the beginning, Jimmy was looking at a wide swath of government services and processes,” says Bill Cromie, one of the co-founders of Significance Labs. “He and his team applied to a bunch of government benefits, trying to hone down — just in the minimum viable product sense — which was the service that had the most onerous process and simultaneously, the most positive outcomes.”

Read the full story at Next City

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