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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training Program (SNAP - E and T)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture requires each state to operate an employment and training program for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. The goal of the SNAP – E and T program is to help recipients prepare for employment and become employed. Minnesota implemented its SNAP – E and T program in July 1995. County human service agencies administer the program but generally contract with employment service providers to serve program participants. At the state level, the program is jointly managed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
Additional information and annual program summary data can be found on the DEED website at http://www.deed.state.mn.us/programs/fset.htm
Able-bodied SNAP recipients between the ages of 18 and 50 who do not receive cash benefits from other public assistance programs may be required to participate in SNAP – E and T services. People who are responsible for the care of young children or an incapacitated household member, who receive unemployment benefits, who participate in a chemical dependency treatment program, who work 30 or more hours per week, or who participate in an approved training program are excused from participation.
Each participant is first provided with an orientation to program services followed by an individual assessment and completion of an employability plan. Depending on needs, participants may take part in job-seeking training, group and individual job search activities, remedial literacy or other adult basic education, English language training, short-term vocational or technical training, job placement and assistance with transportation or other supportive services. If participants fail to comply with program requirements, they are subject to sanctions and could temporarily or permanently lose food benefits.
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