SNAP E&T is a program that assesses and places individuals receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) benefits into employment, educational, and training (E&T, Employment & Training) programs, that include job search, work experience training and education, in order to help participants move towards long term employment.

Able-bodied adults who are between the ages of 18 and 49 and have no disabilities, no dependents and no other exemptions may choose to attend employment and training programs to learn the skills they need to find suitable employment, as well as to meet the federal requirement that they work 80 hours a month or 20 hours a week to be eligible for SNAP. Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) also can volunteer or do community service to fulfill their participation requirement. In addition, the new changes provide the possibility to expand access to the E&T support to any SNAP recipient residing in a county with an E&T program, not just ABAWDs subject to meeting work participation requirements.

To maintain eligibility for SNAP, ABAWDs participating in these programs must report their participation every 30 days. They must also notify the Commonwealth when their paid or unpaid work hours drop below the federal requirement of 80 hours per month or 20 hours per week.

What is the purpose of SNAP E&T?

SNAP E&T provides individuals with opportunities to gain skills, training, or experience that may improve their employment prospects and reduce their reliance on SNAP benefits.

What are the goals of SNAP E&T?

  • Help SNAP households gain skills, training, work, and/or experience that may increase self-sufficiency.
  • Enhance community involvement and engagement
  • Increase self-sufficiency and support the long-term goal of increased employment
  • Contribute towards the collaboration of communities across the state.