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One Brooklyn-- Benefit Kitchen App To Identify Available Benefits for Brooklynites

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Published on Jan 12, 2017

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams announced his partnership with Benefit Kitchen, a Brooklyn-based technology platform that won the NYC BigApps contest in 2015, to help identify millions of dollars in potentially untapped financial benefits for New Yorkers in need.

This financial literacy tool, which can be downloaded onto Android or iOS systems, uses state-of-the-art algorithms to determine the eligibility and estimated dollar amounts for more than a dozen federal, state, and local benefits.

Borough President Adams joined the app’s creators, married couple Dan Beeby and Melanie Lavelle, at St. John’s Bread and Life, a food pantry in Bedford-Stuyvesant that is one of a number of locations where less tech-savvy Brooklynites will be able to get assistance walking through this benefit screener.

Additionally, he welcomed the remarks of several local families who have utilized Benefit Kitchen and identified thousands of dollars in monthly benefits and annual tax credits.

Borough President Adams spoke about the importance of this financial education initiative at the dawn of the tax filing season, as well as the critical value for Brooklynites to know about their share of the estimated tens of billions in benefits left on the table every year nationwide that they may be losing out on for their families, particularly as several social programs may be put at risk by the incoming Trump administration.

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