The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is a critical work support for many low-income people. SNAP’s Employment and Training (E&T) program can provide SNAP participants with needed education, training, and support services so they can obtain meaningful employment that leads to economic self-sufficiency. SNAP E&T assists SNAP participants in the form of job search support; job skills training; education (basic, vocational); work experience; and workfare. However, information on approaches that most effectively connect these participants to gainful employment is limited.
Section 4022 of the Agricultural Act of 2014 authorized and funded the SNAP E&T pilot projects, which enable Congress, the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, and states to expand SNAP E&T programs and test innovative strategies to connect SNAP participants with good-paying jobs, thereby increasing their incomes and reducing the need for nutrition assistance benefits.