SmartCart: A responsive website for SNAP-users to budget, shop, and cook.

This concept was developed at The Feast and Partnership for a Healthier America Hackathon for the fight against childhood obesity. My teammates consisted of three developers (one being a high school student) and two other designers. We were tasked with "creating an information avenue that shows families the healthy food options and physical activity opportunities available to them locally." Over one weekend, we brainstormed around what families need in order to eat healthier, we scrapped three datasets, talked to moms who understood the food stamp system, and designed SmartCart.

SmartCart is a responsive website that allows any family to manage their SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) food budget wisely and learn how to cook different meals with their fresh produce through a curated recipe directory.

A user creates a family profile, which includes all members of the family and their food preferences, allergies and based upon these settings recipes would be generated. The recipes list could be further paired down through SmartCart's filtering system depending on what type of cuisine they wished to cook for a particular meal. After selecting a recipe(s), a shopping list is populated for easy on the go use. All items on the shopping list are SNAP-approved items.

On the left is a gallery of our process. To see our hackathon presentation, here is a video and the accompanying deck.

We wanted to market ourselves as not just a pantry or shopping list manager. One competitor being the “Out of Milk” app, which many WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) moms use.

We wanted to market ourselves as not just a pantry or shopping list manager. One competitor being the “Out of Milk” app, which many WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children) moms use.

SmartCart helps caretakers decide what to buy amongst SNAP-approved items based upon 

  • budget
  • each family member’s needs
  • recipes

Generating a shopping list to print or view on a desktop or smartphone. For those who do not own a computer at home or a smartphone, we imagine users connecting with SmartCart via their local library where they could print out their personalized shopping lists and recipes. Ultimately, SmartCart's goal is for a family to cook and eat a healthy meal together.