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A new resource for reducing family poverty
Promoting Employment with SNAP E&T

Monday, June 8, 2009, Legislative Office Building, Hartford

Yolanda Caldera-DurantKevin LovelandCalvin WoodlandRep. Toni Walker
 
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Overview

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.

Event documents

Note: Some documents on this site use a former name for SNAP E&T, Food Stamp Employment and Training, or FSET.

Photo gallery

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.

Elaine Zimmerman, Executive Director of the Commission on Children, moderated the discussion.

Kevin Loveland, Director Bureau of Assistance Programs for the state Department of Social Services (DSS), explained how SNAP E&T works. DSS is the agency administering the program in Connecticut.

As head of the first organization that will receive matching funds, Dr. Calvin E. Woodland, President of Capital Community College in Hartford, described his experiences so far with SNAP E&T.

Linda Guzzo, Dean of Continuing Education at Capital Community College, described the college's experience in more detail.

Yolanda Caldera-Durant, Program Director for the Fairfield County Community Foundation, explained how her foundation is using SNAP E&T to bring job-training dollars to the Bridgeport area.

Ed Schmidt serves as a policy consultant on SNAP E&T for Bridgeport and Hartford

Margaret Bauer,  Dean of Research & Development at Gateway Community College in New Haven, announced that her institution had just submitted an application to participate in SNAP E&T.

Dr. Victoria Anyikwa, Director of Social Services for the Town of Greenwich, came to the briefing to ask questions. 

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