The SNAP to Skills Project provides in-depth technical assistance to 10 states representing all seven USDA Food and Nutrition Service regions to develop and expand their SNAP E&T programs. Arizona, Arkansas, California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, and Tennessee were selected for the project by USDA in early 2016. Examples of projects, innovations, and success stories from these and other States are highlighted below. Developing a quality SNAP E&T program is an evolving process that takes thoughtful planning with providers and other State partners. Check back here for more highlights as the SNAP to Skills Project evolves.


Integrating SNAP E&T into Tennessee's State Workforce Strategy

“Working together to navigate a path toward success for all Tennesseans.”

Tennessee’s vision statement embodies the State’s actions to integrate SNAP E&T into the broader statewide workforce strategy. With SNAP E&T, the State is boosting efforts to improve employment and training outcomes for low-income residents.

North Carolina

Building a SNAP E&T Program County by County 

North Carolina’s vision for its SNAP E&T program, called the Food and Nutrition Services Employment and Training program (FNS E&T), is “Strengthening families and communities by creating opportunities that lead to living-wage jobs for sustainable success.” North Carolina operates a State-supervised, county-administered SNAP E&T program, meaning that many program functions are the responsibility of the 100 counties within the State and supervised by the Department of…


Partnering with the Workforce System to Launch E&T Third-Party Partnerships

Michigan’s SNAP to Skills work is rooted in a long-term vision to expand job-driven services to all SNAP participants through partnerships with third-party providers. The State’s SNAP E&T program (called Food Assistance Employment & Training, or FAE&T), is administered jointly by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and the Workforce Development Agency (WDA).  DHHS directs funds to WDA, which then contracts with its 24 local Michigan Works! Agencies (MWAs).  The MWAs, in turn…


SNAP E&T Then...And Now

Massachusetts’s Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) recently presented at a meeting of several U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA-FNS) regional offices on the development of the State’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) program called SNAP Path to Work. Their presentation was titled “That was Then, This is Now” to highlight its remarkable progress. The State’s vision for its voluntary SNAP E&T program is to “mak[e] work the better option…


Matching Up-Skilled Workers to Living-Wage Jobs

The Maryland Department of Human Resources (DHR) envisions a future where Food Supplement Program (SNAP at the Federal level) participants have access to job-driven training and career pathways that enable them to successfully compete for sustainable living-wage jobs. Despite major overhauls in the State’s Food Supplement Employment and Training (FSET, Maryland’s SNAP E&T) Program this year — including transitioning to a voluntary program and implementing ABAWD time limits – DHR is working to create a solid foundation on which…


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