ICYMI: U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Strengthens SNAP E&T
(Washington, D.C., Friday, March 6, 2020) – Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a proposed rule that will strengthen the way states serve Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients through Employment and Training. The proposal was announced at Jane Addams Resource Corporation (JARC) in Baltimore, Maryland where they teach low-income adults and workers the skills they need to earn a living wage, connect job seekers with good jobs in the manufacturing sector, and foster the life skills that create a path out of poverty. The Secretary’s visit comes on the heels of President Donald J. Trump’s continued historic economic expansion which includes today’s news that unemployment ticked down to 3.5% and that there are 6.4 million job openings across the nation.
- Actively identifies successful employment and training providers in every state who are ready and willing to service SNAP participants as they seek employment. These providers can qualify for matching federal dollars, providing an immediate increase in a state’s E&T capacity.
- Operates SNAP to Skills, which provides intensive assistance and coaching to states and their partners on building robust E&T programs. This year, 7 states – Oregon, Colorado, Louisiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island – join the 22 other states who have participated since the program’s launch in 2015.
- Provides trainings, such as the SNAP E&T State Institutes and Learning Academies, to develop expertise in administering SNAP E&T among individuals, partner organizations, and state agencies across the country.
- Will host the first ever SNAP E&T National Forum this fall in St. Louis, MO. The forum will take place October 13-14, 2020, and registration will open later this month.
- Regulatory Reform at a Glance: Employment and Training Opportunities in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
- March 2020 Letter to States
- Secretary Perdue: There’s no better time to enter the workforce
- SNAP E&T: Self-Sufficiency
- SNAP E&T: Fit for Purpose
- SNAP E&T: Economic Impact
- SNAP E&T: New Partnerships