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For over 75 years in Finland, the state has provided new mothers a box of items for their newborn including clothes, formula or bottles for breastmilk, and included a mattress in the box which can be used as a bed for the child.  The idea of giving l

For over 75 years in Finland, the state has provided new mothers a box of items for their newborn including clothes, formula or bottles for breastmilk, and included a mattress in the box which can be used as a bed for the child. The idea of giving l

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Hi Thomas,

I like the idea of partering financial institutions with the USPS as well. It's close to the model represented by banks that partner with grocery stores to provide banking options at those locations. My main concern was the lack of grocery stores in underserved areas versus post offices which are already in existence in most of those areas.

Working for a company that has lots of goverment customers, I understand the impact of regulation on compliance. Maybe, another issue to be tackled in another challenge is the cost of compliance and it's impact on businesses and services. I do recognize that there is a place and need for some level of compliance but have we struck the right balance?

Getting back to this challenge, my only concern with privitized banking in US post offices lies with the inherit distrust of banking services. Maybe the model should included rebuilding the community bank and it's relationship with people in the community. Big banking institutions have a ways to go to repair trust since the housing bust and subsequent bale out by the government and taxpayers. Partnering them with the USPS might not be enough of a salve to heal those bad feelings.

Thanks Shane! That was a great contribution! Per your feedback, I've been thinking of other community centers that we can build on and thoughts that come to mind are the elimination of food deserts which could require 1) support from private companies (i.e.establishment of more grocery stores in underserved communities) or 2) the support of government or individuals to supply land on which fresh produce could be grown and shared by the community. Maybe eve establishing a cash crop that could be used to help the people in the community (i.e. The coffee farms in Ethiopia).

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Raiña commented on Re-Customizing the Finnish Baby Box

I agree a customized solution based on where the box is distributed would make the most sense. Given that there are low income families around the world there would be several iterations. I think it would be great if every child was afforded this gift with parents choosing to decline, or take a smaller monetary gift like in the case of the Finnish box.