Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Management (DMgt)

First Advisor

Joel Adler, PhD

Second Advisor

Larry M. Starr, PhD

Third Advisor

Jean-Marc Choukroun, PhD

Fourth Advisor

V. Scott Koerwer, PhD, EdD


Food insecurity in the working poor impacts many stakeholders other than the individuals unable to obtain enough healthy food. These stakeholders include employers, care providers, insurance companies and the government. Although there are some programs available to improve food insecurity conditions, more can be done by bringing together these varied stakeholders. This dissertation examines the opinions of many stakeholders to understand if novel ideas would improve food insecurity in the working poor.

Because the causes for individuals suffering from food insecurity are dissimilar, food insecurity is a complicated problem which can only be improved by applying many different solutions. A qualitative approach through the interview process was used to gain understanding of food insecurity in the working poor. In addition, the participants assessed the feasibility of using a SNAP-like debit card paid for by employers to improve food insecurity in the working poor.

The analysis of the interviews revealed positive reception of the SNAP-like debit card concept from most stakeholders. Additionally, improvements on the initial proposal of the SNAP-like debit card were suggested, as well as some potential barriers to implementation. The research also identified more stakeholders to consider, as well as alternative pilot programs to the SNAP-like debit card that could be implemented with support from stakeholders.


A dissertation submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Doctor of Management in Strategic Leadership