Missouri selected to test new SNAP employment and job training project

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Wednesday that Missouri and nine other states have been selected to take part in SNAP to Skills, a new effort to help state agencies design improved employment and training programs for adults participating in the SNAP program. The goal is to help those people find employment and ultimately move off the SNAP program.

States were chosen to participate based on their existing level of commitment and interest in expanding the SNAP E&T program, their ability to build effective partnerships with local training providers and the availability of strong, job-driven workforce development programs in the state.

The project will last two years, ending in September 2017.

Before 2009, “able bodied adults” between the age of 18 and 49 with no children or other dependents at home had to meet certain work requirements to qualify for the federal food stamp program. The requirements were waived during the recession but went back into effect in Missouri in January.

In order to meet the new requirements, recipients must work 80 hours a month or participate in 80 hours of a qualified job-training or educational program. Vilsack said the new program will help recipients meet the requirements.

Read more: Springfield News-Leader

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