Thanks to legislation approved in 2008 by the General Assembly, Connecticut may use new federal funds to work in helping food stamp recipients get the training and other tools they need to find employment and become financially secure and self-sufficient. It's the
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Employment and Training Reimbursement Program (SNAP E&T).
Under SNAP E&T, job-training providers may be eligible to receive a 50-cent federal match for every dollar they spend on services that help food stamp recipients find regular employment. A wide range of services qualify. Examples include helping food-stamp recipients secure high-school-equivalency diplomas, providing English-as-a-second-language classes and providing child care and transportation for parents in school.
On June 8, 2009, the Connecticut Commission on Children hosted a briefing on how job-training providers -- including municipalities and community colleges -- can participate in SNAP E&T. Joining the Commission on Children in organizing the event were Senator Jonathan Harris of West Hartford, Representative Toni Walker of New Haven, the Department of Social Services (DSS), and philanthropic foundations.
Note: Some documents on this site use a former name for SNAP E&T, Food Stamp Employment and Training, or FSET.
Click on the thumbnails to enlarge. All photos by Pat Estill.
Representative Toni E. Walker of New Haven, who chairs the legislature's Human Services Committee and sits on the Commission, set the context for the briefing by discussing the recession, jobs, and families.