FRESH EBT has gotten a spike in downloads. With this free to use app, users have the ability to check their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds. It also allowed users to find where such funds were accepted. Within the 26 and 27 day of the shutdown, the app broke its single-day record. As of now, Fresh EBT has over million downloads on Google Play alone.
Jimmy Chen, CEO of Propel, the parent company of the app, assumes this spike is not a coincidence.
This massive download spike is amid the record-breaking shutdown of the US Government. This shutdown has led to Government employees going without paychecks since December 22.