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.
“With so many people needing new skills in this stormy economy and so few resources available to them, this is a great opportunity to not just stabilize our hardest-hit families but give them a better chance for long-term prosperity,” Commission on Children Executive Director Elaine Zimmerman said. She noted that Connecticut joins other states receiving SNAP E&T match funds, including New York, which receives more than $100 million annually in federal reimbursements.
This page was last updated: Wednesday, October 6, 2010