SnapFresh is an award winning text-message and mobile web app that helps people find places nearby that accept food stamps, now known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits through their phones. The app is available in Spanish, Chinese and English, both via SMS and a simple mobile web app that will run not just on smart phones, but on any phone that has the ability to send and receive text messages.

Snapfresh also attempts to help the recipients make healthier food purchasing decisions by providing information about the type of store in the results, such as if the establishment is a farmers market or a liquor store. I designed the app and was in charge of the front-end development.

To use the application, simply send an SMS to (415) 349-3019 or visit and enter an address and a zipcode (or city and state). A list of the names and addresses of retailers nearby that accept SNAP benefits will be returned. The app is currently being piloted in San Francisco with the help of the city's Human Services Agency.


project management, interaction design, mobile web development, telephony integration, open data

Summer 2011 - present