The goal of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program employment and training program (SNAP E&T) is to help SNAP recipients gain employment and self-sufficiency.
As of October 1, 2013, SNAP E&T is mandatory for SNAP recipients between 18 and 50 years old. The program serves able bodied adults who receive SNAP benefits and are not receiving cash benefits.
Participants are interviewed to find their work-related strengths and barriers to employment. They also create a plan to help them gain or improve skills for employment. Job training may include General Equivalency Diploma (GED), ESL classes, high school diploma or short-term vocational training. Support services are provided on an individual basis for to help them find a job start work. In order to maintain eligibility, participants must work or look for a job while they receive SNAP benefits.