The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). FNS works to end hunger and obesity through the administration of 15 federal nutrition assistance programs including WIC, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and school meals. In partnership with State and Tribal governments, our programs serve one in four Americans during the course of a year. Working with our public, private and non-profit partners, our mission is to increase food security and reduce hunger by providing children and low-income people access to food, a healthful diet and nutrition education in a way that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.
SNAP to Skills is managed by the Office of Employment and Training (OET) in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net. The SNAP Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T) helps SNAP households gain skills, training, work, or experience that will increase self-sufficiency.
Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) offers low-income individuals training that leads to college credentials in growing local industry sectors. SJI creatively aligns support services – intensive college navigation, housing, childcare and transportation – to provide participants the best opportunity to complete their career pathways and to secure and retain well-paying jobs. SJI's objective is to help individuals who live below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level to acquire the skills they need to advance out of poverty, while simultaneously meeting the needs of local employers for a skilled workforce.
Seattle Jobs Initiative is currently focused on increasing the number of low-income adults who obtain one- and two-year college credentials. SJI works with community colleges and community-based organizations to develop knowledge, tools, best practices and partnerships that will increase access to and persistence in community college among low-income adults, including those who are not yet college-ready. SJI conducts labor market research to help ensure education and training programs are connected to middle-wage job opportunities while meeting the needs of local employers for skilled workers.
Abt Associates conducts research and evaluates workforce development programs and welfare policy, and has worked extensively with federal agencies and with state and local governments. Abt research supports development of effective education and training strategies to improve the skills, employment, and earnings of low-income adults, including leading the field nationally in evaluation of career pathway programs and systems.
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