SNAP to Skills (S2S) is a project of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) that offers States the technical assistance, tools, and resources they need to build more effective and job-driven SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) programs. SNAP E&T is a federally-funded, State-administered program that provides SNAP participants with the skills and education they need to find a good-paying job that leads to self-sufficiency

From 2015-2019, S2S provided direct assistance to States and their partners on implementing robust SNAP E&T programs, including building third-party partnerships. During this time, S2S also provided a wealth of support to all State SNAP agencies, including SNAP E&T policy briefs, newsletters, webinars, national convenings, and tools such as the SNAP E&T Operations Handbook. The project was operated by Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) and its partner Abt Associates during this time.

From 2019-2021, S2S changed its focus to provide direct technical assistance to States to increase participant engagement and success in their SNAP E&T programs.  Operated by MDRC and SJI, S2S continued to provide additional resources and learning opportunities to all State SNAP agencies focused on these goals, including a new tool for increasing participant engagement, Road to Engagement: Toolkit for SNAP E&T Programs.

Currently, for 2021-2023, S2S is providing direct technical assistance to States to support specific, short-term projects to advance their SNAP E&T programs. Multiple States will have the opportunity to request and receive “rapid response” technical assistance on a rolling basis. S2S is being operated by SJI in partnership with MDRC and Insight Policy Research during this period. In addition to technical assistance, S2S will:

  • Develop a suite of tools and resources for States to utilize to facilitate the development of their SNAP E&T programs.
  • Develop a platform that allows FNS, States and other SNAP E&T stakeholders to communicate, share information, resources, challenges and successes, access relevant research and knowledge, and create networks.
  • Develop and offer learning opportunities for States and other SNAP E&T stakeholders, including regular webinars and a national SNAP E&T State Institute in 2023.