By March 2010, 103 Connecticut towns and cities had applied for federal funding under the SNAP E&T program, which reimburses 50 cents for every dollar spent on services that provide food stamp recipients with the skills and support services they need to find regular employment. Under these applications, Connecticut would receive an estimated $8.25 million in federal matching dollars.
Future application rounds are expected, so towns and cities will have more chances to apply for these funds.
Connecticut is participating in SNAP E&T because of enabling legislation adopted in 2008 by the General Assembly (Public Act 08-161). Thanks to this legislation, communities may be eligible to receive a 50-cent federal match for every dollar they spend on a wide range of eligible services, including 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. Learn more about SNAP E&T
The Commission on Children, which brought the federal program to the attention of state lawmakers in 2008 and led intensive training efforts across the state to help communities apply for the first round of funding this year, is available to assist more communities apply in future rounds. Contact Director of Development Mary Kate Lowndes here or at (860) 240-0017.
Communities: Barkhamsted, Bethel, Bethlehem, , Bridgewater, Brookfield, Canaan, Colebrook, Cornwall, Danbury, Goshen, Hartland, Kent , Litchfield, Middlebury, Morris, New Fairfield, New Hartford, New Milford, Newtown, Norfolk, North Canaan, Plymouth, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Salisbury, Sharon, Sherman, Southbury, Thomaston, Torrington, Warren, Washington, Watertown, Winchester, Woodbury.
Agencies participating: Northwest Community College, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Education Connection, Western Adult Education, Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, New Opportunities, the Susan B. Anthony Project, Easter Seals.
Communities: Darien, Greenwich, Norwalk, Stamford.
Agencies participating: Norwalk Community College, Norwalk Adult Education, New Economic Opportunities Now Inc., CTE, Inc., Stamford Adult Education, Literacy Volunteers - Stamford/Greenwich, Fairfield County Community Foundation.
Agencies participating: Housatonic Community College, FSW Inc., Bridgeport Adult Education, ABCD, Bridgeport Hospital, and the Fairfield County Community Foundation.
Communities: Ansonia, Derby,
Shelton, Seymour, Oxford, Milford, Orange, West Haven, Monroe.
Agencies participating: Birmingham Group Health Services, Inc., Valley Regional Adult Education, TEAM Inc., Bridges - A Community Support System Inc., Valley Council of Governments, Valley Community Foundation, Shelton Economic Development Corporation.
Agencies participating: Naugatuck Valley Community College, Waterbury Adult Education, New Opportunities, Northwest Regional Workforce Investment Board, Family Services of Greater Waterbury, Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury, Connecticut Community Foundation, United Way of Greater Waterbury.
Community: New Haven
Agencies participating: Gateway Community College, Workforce Alliance, Community Action Agency of New Haven, Christian Community Action Agency, New Haven Adult Basic Education, Easter Seals/Goodwill, New Life Corporation, Project MORE.
Communities: Bristol, Farmington, Harwinton, Plainville, Plymouth, Burlington, Canton, Avon.
Agencies participating: Tunxis Community College, Bristol Adult Education, Plainville Adult and Continuing Education, Farmington Continuing Education, Bristol Community Organization, Plainville Community Food Pantry, Plymouth Community Food Pantry.
Community: New Britain
Agencies participating: Charter Oak State College, New Britain Adult Education, Literacy Volunteers of America, Spanish Speaking Center of New Britain, Human Resources Agency of New Britain Inc., Opportunities Industrialization Center, New Britain YWCA, Central Connecticut State University's Institute for Technology and Business Development, New Britain Discovery Collaborative, Workforce Partners Collaborative, Central Connecticut Center for the Study of Social Policy.
Communities: Chester, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, East Haddam, East Hampton, Essex, Haddam, Killingworth, Meriden, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Saybrook, Portland, Rocky Hill, Wallingford, Westbrook.
Agencies participating: Middlesex Community College, Meriden Adult Education, Middletown Adult Education, Wallingford Adult Education, New Opportunities, Community Renewal Team, Women and Families Center, Middlesex Coalition for Children, Meriden Department of Health and Human Services.
Agencies participating: Capital Community College, Hartford Adult Education, Hartford Public Library, The Village for Children and Families, Community Renewal Team, Connecticut Puerto Rican Forum, Family Life Education, Catholic Charities, Literacy Volunteers, City of Hartford Health and Human Services Department, Capital Workforce Partners, City of Hartford Office for Youth Services, Center for Urban Research.
Community: East Hartford
Agencies participating: Goodwin College, Stone Academy, East Hartford Adult Education, Community Renewal Team, ChildPlan, East Hartford Department of Social Services.
Communities: Ashford, Brooklyn, Canterbury, Chaplin, Columbia, Coventry, Eastford, Hampton, Killingly, Mansfield, Plainfield, Pomfret, Putnam, Scotland, Sterling, Thompson, Tolland, Union, Willington, Windham, Woodstock.
Agencies participating: Quinebaug Valley Community College, Eastconn Adult Education, Access Inc., Eastern Connecticut State University, United Services Inc., WRCC Inc., Co-Opportunity Inc., Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board, Willimantic Covenant Soup Kitchen, Windham Human Services Department, Coventry Human Services Department, Mansfield Human Services Department.
Communities: Bozrah, East Lyme, Franklin, Griswold, Ledyard, Lisbon, New London, North Stonington, Norwich, Preston, Salem, Sprague, Stonington, Voluntown.
Agencies participating: Three Rivers Community College, Norwich Adult Education, New London Adult Education, Thames Valley Council for Community Action Inc., Norwich Department of Human Services.