The Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies announced the official launch of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training (E&T) National Partnership. Funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the purpose of this grant is to support NJHSA member agencies in becoming third-party providers for SNAP E&T. On January 20, 2022, the first cohort training was held with five member agencies: JVS SoCal, Gulf Coast JFCS, JFS Columbus, JEVS Philadelphia and JFS Dallas.
SNAP E&T is a federally funded, state-administered program that assists program participants in gaining the skills, training and/or work experience needed to move towards and into employment. The program also helps reduce barriers to work by providing individuals with support services, such as transportation and childcare assistance to obtain and maintain employment.
“Food insecurity and employment challenges are far too often huge challenges for low-income families,” said Cathy Barker, JFS Dallas’ Chief Executive Officer. “They need stable, well-paid jobs and nutrition in order to succeed in life. Having these two initiatives- SNAP and Employment/Training work together to achieve a common outcome is critical. JFS Dallas is proud to be a participating agency in this project.”
“Incorporating the holistic approach to wrap-around care is one of the key tenants in fighting hunger and food insecurity,” said Robin Raxlin-Gormley, JFS Dallas’ Senior Director of Special Programs. “This collaboration with SNAP and employment training continues our mission in providing the tools to help people back onto the path of lifelong self-sufficiency.”