SNAP E&T Background
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food assistance, is a federal program of the US Department of Agriculture that provides monthly benefits to help individuals with low incomes purchase the food they need.
The SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) program helps participants gain skills and find work that moves them forward to economic mobility. Through SNAP E&T third-party partners, SNAP recipients have access to training and support services, like those provided by ESEs, to help them enter or advance in the workforce. These programs also help to reduce barriers to work by providing support services – such as transportation and childcare – as participants prepare for and obtain employment.
SNAP E&T Services
Examples of services that can be funded through SNAP E&T include:
SNAP E&T eligible services are referred to as components and often align with an ESE’s core program. SNAP E&T funds can support existing activities offered to SNAP recipients without the ESE “adding” anything to their model. SNAP E&T funding can reimburse social enterprises for costs associated with serving SNAP recipients enrolled in SNAP E&T. Eligible costs can include supportive services that bolster participant success such as transportation, dependent care, textbooks, interview clothing, digital technology, emergency housing and dental care and more. Administrative and program costs such as staff salaries, benefits, building costs, and classroom supplies are also reimbursable. The most recent service to SNAP E&T that is eligible for 50% reimbursement is participant subsidized employment wages.
SNAP E&T Participant Eligibility
To be eligible for SNAP E&T, program participants must be enrolled in SNAP and not be receiving TANF cash benefits. They must also have a clear employment goal, and be willing to enter employment upon program completion.
Details regarding SNAP eligibility can be found here. As eligibility requirements can vary somewhat state to state, your state SNAP agency will have more information.
To find your state’s SNAP agency and/or SNAP E&T Program, refer to this directory here.