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.


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…


CalFresh E&T's Vision, Mission, and Goals

The CalFresh Employment & Training (E&T) Program, established by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS), is state supervised and county administered. The program operates within the framework of a focused vision, mission, and strategic goals that help define success and lay the core foundation for E&T service delivery in California. The CalFresh E&T Program’s strategic goals are focused around a central vision to increase the employment and earning capacity of CalFresh recipients by…


Growing Partnerships and Programs

Minnesota envisions a SNAP E&T program that provides low-income Minnesotans clear pathways to developing marketable and in-demand skills leading to career advancement and self-sufficiency. 

Prior to 2015, Minnesota’s SNAP E&T program relied primarily on its limited 100 percent SNAP E&T funds to provide services in most of the State’s 87 counties and 11 tribal governments, along with four pilot 50-50 programs in Hennepin and Ramsey Counties (Minneapolis/St. Paul metro…


Hear from participants about the difference SNAP E&T has made in their lives. Read SNAP E&T Success Stories.