Economic distress can be devastating not only to families, but can lead to issues over eating regularly. In the latter case, that vulnerability with respect to children can have a detrimental effect on their physical growth and educational performance. This issue becomes especially important during the summer months, when schools aren’t in session.
To address the issue and many other problems, mRelief has created a tool that can be accessed either online or by text message. It allows individuals to quickly determine if they’re eligible for a host of social services, including food stamps, and is currently available in 42 states.
Tech specialist Patrick Mahony notes that more than 30,000 families have been aided by mRelief, with that process for determining eligibility taking only five minutes of their time.
“All you need to do is go to their website, http://www.mrelief.com/#, enter your zip code and whatever government assistance you’re seeking. When it comes to obtaining free or discounted meals, you can get a quick answer on where to go for free or discounted meals for children,” Mahony said.
Given the fact that many low-income families may not have available Internet access, the program can be accessed by simply texting the zip code information to 1-844-877-6111 and waiting for a response.
It may seem shocking, but more than $11 million worth of food stamps goes unclaimed every year, either due to lack of access to applications or simply being unaware of their availability.
Patrick Mahony is impressed with mRelief’s efforts in a variety of areas, especially for an organization that began less than two years ago. Speaking about this latest tool from this non-profit organization, Mahony said:
“Just the peace of mind it offers parents is something you really can’t put a price on,” said Mahony.