If you rely on SNAP (food stamps) benefits, you could receive a $50 reimbursement from Expensify during the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s how it works.
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UPDATE: As of this writing (April 15, 2020), Expensify has run out of funds for this reimbursement. They are doing their best to catch up with current requests, and will only accept new participants as funding becomes available. Check the current status of this program here.
What is Expensify?
Expensify is an expense-management app that also works as a charity. Reimbursement funds are collected from Expensify cardholders, users and direct contributions. Those contributions are used to combat real-world problems like homelessness, hunger and climate change.
How can I get the $50 SNAP reimbursement?
In order to receive the reimbursement, you will need to shop with your EBT card and upload an eligible receipt. Here are the step-by-step instructions.
Step 1: Shop with your food stamps benefits.
You will need to go to the store and buy your food. Remember, the goal of the program is to reimburse eligible families for essential goods and food.
Step 2: Download the Expensify app. It’s free.
Step 3: Join the /hunger campaign.
You will need to join the Expensify.org/hunger policy. You can do that by clicking this link.
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You will need to make sure that your Expensify account is complete. You need to list your first and last name on the account.
Step 4: SmartScan your receipt.
Use the app’s SmartScan feature to take a picture of your receipt. The system will need to confirm that you paid with a food stamps (SNAP, EBT) card in order to qualify for the reimbursement.
When you scan the receipt, you will be asked to complete certain data fields.
- Merchant name is the name of the store you shopped at.
- Total is the amount you spent, unless you spent more than $50. If you spent more than $50, just write $50.
- Category is “volunteer reimbursement”
- Class should be “Expensify.org/hunger”
- Description should be “purchase with SNAP card.”
- Receipt image must be legible. The total must be easy to read.
Step 5: Submit it to email.
Submit your expense report. You can do this from the web browser or the mobile app. When you click the “submit report” button, confirm that the you are sending the report to email@example.com.
Step 6: Add your payment information.
Your reimbursement will be issued directly to your bank account, so you’ll need to set up your payment information . Log into your account and click settings, then account, then payments, then personal bank accounts. Click the “add personal bank account” button and follow the prompts.
Step 7: Wait for your reimbursement.
Expensify will reimburse you as soon as they can. It could arrive as soon as the next day, but will be reviewed within one week. Your payment may be delayed or denied if you do not complete all the steps as required.
What else do I need to know?
Expensify is limiting this reimbursement to $50 per family.
Please do not submit multiple receipts or attempt to commit any fraud through this system. This is an incredible service that they are offering, and they want to make sure they are able to help as many people as possible.