Harvest Box

SNAP (food stamp) is the largest public assistance program which serves nearly 40 million people monthly, living in about 20 million low-income households. The federal government SNAP budget is about US$ 68 billion dollars, of which 92% of spending goes directly to benefits that households use to purchase food, and 7% of spending goes towards state administrative costs.

President Trump, in order to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of SNAP program, introduced a bold and innovative idea of “America’s Harvest Box,” a BlueApron-type meal kit program. The idea was to replace half of the SNAP dollars with boxes of meal kits of wholesome staple foods and deliver to SNAP recipients.

DailyKit is a technology consulting company which helps restaurants start their own meal kit brand with zero investment through our free-to-use software solution for meal kits. We are conducting a small survey to understand how restaurants can bring a change in Donald Trump’s Harvest Box initiative.

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* 1. How familiar are you with Trump's Harvest Box?

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* 2. Should Harvest Box replace the current SNAP program?

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* 3. Government wants to reduce the administrative cost of SNAP program. Can Harvest Box reduce the administrative cost?

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* 4. Harvest Box supplied boxes of shelf-stable canned foods. Who benefits most from Harvest Box? (multiple selection)

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* 5. SNAP promotes healthy food choices and discourage the purchase of processed food. Can Harvest Box achieve this objective?

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* 6. Harvest Box leaves no room for individual preferences and dietary restrictions. How does that affect SNAP recipients with special needs? (multiple selection)

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* 7. Harvest Box contains canned food which may contain preservatives and high sodium content. What all it can lead to? (multiple selection)

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* 8. Among the two approaches: Ongoing SNAP program v/s Harvest Box, which supports American diversity better?

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* 9. Due to existing SNAP regulations, large supermarkets such as Walmart earns about 80% of US$ 68 billion SNAP spending. What regulations should be changed? (multiple selection)

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* 10. Current restrictions for unhealthy food in SNAP program are minimal. Can Harvest Box improve unhealthy food restriction?

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* 11. Daily kit provides free-to-use solution for meal kit production by restaurants. When restaurants are allowed to participate in Harvest Box, then which category of restaurants are most suited to serve meal kits to SNAP recipients? (multiple selection)

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* 12. How are restaurants better suited for providing meal kits to SNAP recipients in Harvest Box initiative? (multiple selection)

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* 13. According to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service analysis, US$ 1 billion spent in SNAP benefits lead to an increase in US$ 1.54 billion, and supports 13,560 additional jobs.Do you think when restaurants are allowed in Harvest Box initiative, they can increase this economic multiplier?

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* 14. What should be the future of Harvest Box in SNAP program?

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