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- May 30, 2014 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch and Helly Lee SNAP E&T Pilots Congress reauthorized SNAP as part of the Agricultural Act of 2014 which included $200 million for the creation and evaluation of pilot projects in up to 10 states for 3 years to test innovative SNAP Employment & Training (E&T) strategies.
- May 30, 2014 | Lavanya Mohan Washington’s Basic Food Employment & Training Program (BFET) Washington State’s Basic Food Employment and Training (BFET) is one of the most robust SNAP Education & Training programs in the country and is an important part of the state’s comprehensive workforce development system.
Feb 11, 2014
| Helly Lee
Congress Enacts Farm Bill After Years of Debate and Negotiations
On January 29th the House passed H.R. 2642, a negotiated agreement between House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders on the 5-year Farm Bill. On February 4th, the Senate followed suit and also passed the conference report, which the President will soon sign into law. While disagreements over agricultural policy held up the final bill in the last weeks, the nutrition title of the bill, which includes authorization for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) was among the most contentious.
- Jun 25, 2013 | Helly Lee SNAP Works: SNAP Work Requirements and Time Limits Most SNAP recipients are either already working (13 percent of all SNAP recipients) or are not expected to work (68 percent) because they: are children or senior citizens; have a disability; care for a family member who is disabled; or care for a child under six years old while another household member is working. However, SNAP does have several provisions designed to encourage individuals who are not working to enter the workforce.
- Nov 21, 2012 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch and Lavanya Mohan Access to Food Stamps in Early Childhood Leads to Better Adult Health and Economic Outcomes A new National Bureau on Economic Research paper finds that having access to food stamps in early childhood also has positive effects on adult outcomes years later, including health and economic self-sufficiency.
- Dec 21, 2010 | CLASP SNAP Employment and Training: Funding Integrated Service Delivery Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAP E&T; formerly known as Food Stamps Employment and Training or FSET) funds can be used to support a variety of education, training, employment, and related services for SNAP recipients. Nearly 43 million individuals receive SNAP benefits, making a large share of low-income families potentially eligible for employment and training; however, in 2009, only 6.8 percent of SNAP recipients participated. In recent years, a number of states have developed processes to claim reimbursement for expenses incurred by not-for-profit organizations under contract to the state agency operating SNAP E&T, and have passed through funding to these organizations.
- Dec 21, 2010 | CLASP SNAP Outreach Funding: Funding Integrated Service Delivery Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp program), states may conduct outreach, screening and application assistance activities and receive 50 percent federal reimbursement. States may contract with nonprofit organizations to provide outreach services and may also claim non-federal funds spent by nonprofits for reimbursement. While SNAP outreach funds may only be used for outreach and screening for SNAP, agencies can develop a methodology for assigning a portion of the costs of multi-benefit outreach and screening.
- Jun 26, 2013 | Elizabeth Lower-Basch Why the Failure of the Farm Bill Was Good for Low-Income Families (Huffington Post Feature) Last week, the House of Representatives rejected the Farm Bill by a 195-234 vote. The bill, which usually enjoys support from both sides of the aisle, was defeated by an unlikely -- and bi-partisan -- coalition of those who opposed the deep cuts of more than $20 billion to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and those who thought that the bill did not go far enough in cutting nutrition programs and agricultural subsidies.
- Dec 21, 2010 | CLASP SNAP Participation Grants: Funding Integrated Service Delivery The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation Grant program makes grants to state agencies and their private nonprofit partners to improve access to SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) and simplify application and eligibility determination systems. While SNAP is only one piece of income enhancements and work supports, such grants can be critical sources of funding for the development of online screening and application systems, enabling nonprofits to work with states to submit electronic applications for their clients.
- Jul 01, 2010 | Abigail Newcomer and Sarah Fass Hiatt President Obama's Asset Limit Proposal: Supporting Families and Promoting Improved Coordination In his Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 budget, President Obama proposed raising asset limits to no less than $10,000 for all federally funded means-tested programs serving low-income adults and their families. This proposal would simplify program rules and allow low-income families to remain eligible for critical programs that help them make ends meet, even if they have a modest amount of savings or assets.