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WHAT IS SNAP E&T?

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.

WHO DOES RI SNAP E&T HELP?

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.

SUCCESS STORIES

Culinary Training Program Feeds a Passion

CULINARY TRAINING PROGRAM FEEDS A PASSION From the moment Patricia Melo first walked into Basta Restaurant in Cranston’s Pawtuxet Village, she knew she had been given an opportunity and she was determined to hold on to it. The environment was exciting, and a little intimidating for someone just starting out. Wait staff dressed in black [...]

Katiria Perez Finds Success at Genesis Center After Years of Struggle to Find Work

KATIRIA PEREZ FINDS SUCCESS AT GENESIS CENTER AFTER YEARS OF STRUGGLE TO FIND WORK Providence, RI — After weighing the pros and cons, Katiria Perez and her husband, Francisco Javier Perez Criado, decided that she would stay home after their second son was born. Like many young couples with growing families, the financial impact of [...]

Success Story: Miguel Escobedo Finds a Taste for Cooking

SUCCESS STORY: MIGUEL ESCOBEDO FINDS A TASTE FOR COOKING April 24, 2018, Providence, RI — Preparing rice and beans, tapas, pasta, and his beloved garlic-flavored mashed plantains, known as mofongo, is a matter of pride for Miguel Escobedo. “This food is full of memories for me,” he said. “This is real Dominican food.” Escobedo feels [...]

Enriqueta Molina finds her passion through RI SNAP E&T Program at Genesis Center

ENRIQUETA MOLINA FINDS HER PASSION THROUGH SNAP E&T PROGRAM AT GENESIS CENTER Thirty-one years ago in 1986, Enriqueta Molina was living in her native El Salvador as the country erupted into civil war. Two of her siblings had already fled to the United States, and as her situation in El Salvador became more dangerous, she [...]

Belynda Fortune Finds Future Success Through SNAP Employment & Training Program

BELYNDA FORTUNE FINDS FUTURE SUCCESS THROUGH SNAP EMPLOYMENT & TRAINING PROGRAM Belynda Fortune, a small woman in her mid-forties, with curly hair and a rapid-fire way of speaking, becomes strikingly serious when asked why she is working on completing her high school education. “It’s my time now,” she says, her eyes focusing. “Raising my son [...]

A Genesis Center SNAP E&T Success Story

Adry is on the left and her classmate Natalie Eche is on the right A GENESIS CENTER SNAP E&T SUCCESS STORY My name is Adry Mijares, and I was born in Caracas, Venezuela. When I graduated from high school, I enrolled at Venezuela Central University where I obtained Bachelor Degrees in Biology and Education. I [...]

A Building Futures SNAP E&T Success Story

A BUILDING FUTURES SNAP E&T SUCCESS STORY Meet Chris, a 31 year-old father of two. A year and a half ago, Chris had just been laid off from a part time job that paid $10 per hour. He had a lot of debt and no transportation. Chris was also very depressed. The public benefits including [...]

WHO ADMINISTERS RI SNAP E&T?

Rhode Island Department of Human Services (RI DHS)

RI DHS VISION

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.

RI DHS GOALS

  • 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.

WHO MANAGES RI SNAP E&T?

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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