Promoting Self-sufficiency through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training
In Fiscal Year 2015, the latest year for which data are available, about 3.2 million individuals participated in SNAP Employment and Training (E&T). Although each state is required to operate SNAP E&T, they have a great deal of flexibility in designing and implementing their programs. The resources below offer methods that state policymakers and practitioners can consider when designing SNAP E&T programs that may help participants gain stable employment and become self-sufficient.
Skills-Based SNAP Employment and Training Policy Toolkit. 2016. This toolkit provides recommendations and resources to help state-level administrators, policymakers, and organizations promote and advocate for skills-based SNAP E&T programs. SNAP E& T programs focus on improving career pathways for people with employment barriers through education, occupational skills training, and support services.
Replicating Success: Recommendations and Best Practices from Washington State’s SNAP E&T Program (BFET). 2014. This brief summarizes best practices for states interested in developing robust SNAP E&T programs based on findings from Washington’s SNAP E&T program. For instance, the brief recommends that community colleges and community-based organizations collaborate to strengthen service delivery for SNAP E&T participants.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training: Moving Low-Skill SNAP Recipients Toward Self-Sufficiency. 2012. This guide helps workforce organizations understand SNAP E&T, and highlights issues to consider when designing or implementing a SNAP E&T component as part of a program of services. “The goal of this publication is to help ensure that SNAP participants have access to high-quality employment and training services that help them gain the necessary skills to obtain stable, family-supporting employment.”