42 million Americans receive government benefits for programs like food stamps on an EBT card. They spend a combined $66 billion every year through EBT cards, making it one of the most important payment methods in the United States. But the EBT card isn't very user-friendly - in order to check your balance, you have to call a phone hotline or save your old grocery receipt. As a result,… · More poverty-fighting programs like food stamps aren't nearly as effective as they could be.
We build Fresh EBT, a free smartphone app that allows EBT cardholders to see their balance and transaction history, in seconds, for free. Fresh EBT provides much more than EBT card services: we aim to build a platform for financial health by helping our users save money on groceries, set a budget, and find jobs. Fresh EBT has over a million monthly active users across the country and is one of the top finance apps on Android and iOS.
January 2016—Bringing the EBT card into the 21st century
50 million Americans spend about $70 billion through EBT cards every year. The card looks and acts like a debit card, but it lacks the digital features of a… · More modern financial tool - namely, a way to check balance/transaction history on mobile. This app provides those features for free to anyone with an EBT card.
We shipped in January 2016 in beta, and shipped a redesigned 1.0 in April 2016.
September 2014—Food stamps enrollment, simplified and optimized for mobile
Propel's first product was easyfoodstamps.com, a mobile-optimized website that streamlined the application form for food stamps. We launched it in New… · More York and Pennsylvania. As of early 2016, we've put this product in maintenance mode so we can focus on Fresh EBT (though easyfoodstamps.com is still running and helping Pennsylvanians apply for food stamps).