SNAP E&T Grants Awarded
The U.S. Department of Agriculture today awarded $165 million in grants to 10 states as part of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T) pilot program. California (Fresno), Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington received awards ranging from $3 million to $22 million.
The SNAP E&T pilot program was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill. It is intended to test a range of strategies for helping SNAP participants find jobs, grow their earnings, and reduce their reliance on public assistance. Applicants had to demonstrate the capacity to collect participant data, and agree to participate in an independent evaluation that will measure impact on employment, earnings, and other outcomes.
WDQC released a paper earlier this month that explores state approaches to collecting, managing, and using SNAP E&T data.