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DoorDash is partnering with mRelief to Help Food Stamp Recipients in California

DoorDash has announced a pilot program with mRelief, the startup helping families across the nation sign up for food stamps through voice, digital and text applications. There are a few hurdles when it comes to applying for food stamps. From wait times, paperwork and being approved, families risk going through weeks of not securing the funding necessary to help buy groceries. DoorDash and mRelief’s partnership is providing emergency food vouchers to assist families while they wait for food stamp approval in San Francisco. Families who sign up for CaliFresh—California’s food stamp program—in San Francisco are given $35 in DoorDash credit for their next meal. The partnership is set to run from February until September, according to a post from DoorDash’s blog. “Our work at mRelief is about bringing the simplicity of technology typically used to provide on-demand services, to things that are critical needs” mRelief co-founder Rose Afriyie told Techcrunch. The partnership is big news...

Arriana McLymore

Feb 6, 2019

Airbnb Is Giving $5 Million to Help San Francisco's Homeless Population

On Tuesday, Airbnb announced its donation of $5 million to help San Francisco’s homeless population, making it the largest donation from the company to its hometown. According to a report by the city and county of San Francisco, the city had almost 7,000 homeless residents including the general street and shelter count in 2017. This is an increase of over 4 percent since the 2015 count. “Over the next three years, Airbnb will commit $5 million to address the homelessness crisis in San Francisco,” Airbnb said in a blog post published Tuesday. “This is our hometown and this is our shared responsibility.” The announcement comes after San Francisco residents voted to implement a “ homelessness tax ” on big businesses housed in the city. Proposition C taxes gross receipts for businesses with over $50 million in gross annual receipts and payroll expenses for certain businesses with over $1 billion in gross annual receipts. Proposition C was not well received by tech companies in the city...

Arriana McLymore

Nov 15, 2018