In the United States, 1 in 9 Americans is food insecure, equating to over 37 million Americans, including more than 11 million children. What’s worse is that $13 billion in food stamp benefits go unclaimed every year, meaning it doesn’t have to be that way. mRelief is a tool that eases the process of applying for and receiving SNAP benefits for those who are eligible. This female-led company has unlocked over $189 million dollars in benefits and have helped over 425,000 families across all 50 states secure food stamps. 75% of all extremely low-income families pay more than half their income on rent. If these people tapped into the SNAP benefits they are eligible for they could use their income for other monthly payments and it could help lift them out of the cycle of poverty.
How We Helped
mRelief was one of six companies selected to receive grant funding through the 2019 Reconstruct Challenge. The 2019 Reconstruct Challenge was a prize competition focused on the affordable housing crisis in the United States by funding the implementation and beta tests of innovations working to decrease the ancillary costs of housing in the Louisville and Southern Indiana area with the goal to prove out innovative models and help them scale.