Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Every state in the country receives federal funding to operate a SNAP E&T program. In Rhode Island, SNAP E&T is a program of the Department of Human Services (RI DHS).

The program is designed to provide SNAP recipients with a comprehensive set of services and supports, some of which are not typically covered by federal funding. Services include in-depth assessments; education and training; supplemental services like employment counseling and job retention services; and supports like transportation vouchers, childcare subsidies, and paid test and certification fees, interview clothing and more, that help participants successfully complete training, interview for jobs and retain those jobs once they are employed.

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For the state’s SNAP recipients, it’s a package of training and services designed to help the unemployed or underemployed gain education and vocational skills to help them find good jobs.

For RI SNAP E&T subcontractors it’s a funding source providing 50% reimbursement grants for nonfederal funds spent on services provided to SNAP recipients, and an opportunity to build workforce education and training programs that effectively help SNAP recipients transition to employment.

For agencies interested in becoming an approved RI SNAP E&T subcontractor, it is a new funding source that will allow them to build capacity and strengthen their education and training programs to better meet the needs of SNAP recipients.

For employers it’s a way to build a pipeline of new hires with the skills and attributes your business needs.



Rhode Island Department of Human Services (RI DHS)


We are an organization of opportunity, working hand-in-hand with other resources in Rhode Island to offer a full continuum of services for families, adults, children, elders, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.


  • Families are strong, productive, healthy, and independent
  • Adults are healthy and reach their maximum potential
  • Children are safe, healthy, ready to learn and reach their full potential
  • Elders and individuals with disabilities receive a full continuum of services to enhance their quality of life
  • Veterans are cared for and honored

Visit the RI DHS website here.


Local Initiatives Support Corporation

Founded in late 1979, LISC is the largest community development support organization in the country. For more than three decades, LISC has connected local organizations and community leaders with resources to revitalize neighborhoods and improve the quality of life in areas where we work. LISC operates in 30 cities and numerous rural locations nationwide. In 1991 LISC opened an office in Rhode Island.

For information about National LISC, please visit www.LISC.org.

In 2011, the Rhode Island Department of Human Services (RI DHS) contracted with the Rhode Island office of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) to develop, manage and expand the state’s SNAP E&T program. LISC has been operating Rhode Island’s SNAP E&T program since. LISC subcontracts with adult education and training providers throughout the state to provide SNAP E&T services to eligible SNAP recipients interested in building their employment skills.

For more information about RI LISC, please visit www.rilisc.org.

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