Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training (SNAPET) offers employment and training assistance to those wanting to find a job. Participants meet with a Workforce Development Specialist and receive career coaching to develop professional goals. With the help of partner resources, participants may also receive occupational skills training to support their goal of economic self-sufficiency.
SNAPET services may include:
- Vocational training.
- GED and high school completion options.
- Job leads for interim and full-time employment.
- Resume, mock interviews, and job placement assistance.
- Supportive services, such as transportation assistance or purchasing an employer required work uniform.
- Job retention services, including ongoing coaching, career guidance, and referrals to various local supportive service resources.
Who is eligible for SNAPET?
SNAP recipients are required to participate in SNAPET if they are considered ABAWD (Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents under 18 years old) as a condition of eligibility for SNAP benefits beyond the first 90 days, unless they are already working at least 20 hours a week or are exempt from working due to the following reasons:
- Age (under 18 years old or over 50 years old).
- Any adult member of a SNAP household of which a child under age 18 is present.
- A pregnant woman.
- A student enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education or any recognized school or training program.
- Attendant for an incapacitated person.
- Applicants for and recipients of unemployment benefits in Virginia.
- Participants in a drug or alcoholic treatment and rehabilitation program.
Not referred? No problem. Individuals who are not automatically referred to SNAPET but would like to voluntarily register may do so by request through their SNAP case worker.
All participants need to fulfill 20 hours a week of employment and training activities, such as:
- Participating in job search training activities, such as:
- Meeting with a career counselor.
- Attending an employment workshop or training.
- Participating in additional workforce development programs.
- Volunteering for any non-profit organization to help build transferable skills.
- Completing a short-term certificate training program
- Completing 24 job searches per month (for two consecutive months).
The SNAPET Specialists look forward to working together with you towards your employment goals.
Are you already a SNAP participant and need to meet the SNAPET Specialist? Virtual hours are available on Mondays 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Need to contact a SNAPET Specialist?
Please send an email or call 703-324-7280, TTY 711.
Note: Please include in your voice or email message:
– Your full name.
– SNAP case number (contact your DFS SNAP worker for a referral).
– Telephone number and email address.
– Date and time you're available so we can conduct a pre-assessment orientation.