Providing jobs, training, and support to SNAP participants.

Nationwide, millions of people use Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program (SNAP) to supplement their food budget to make ends meet. Understanding that jobs are a key to economic mobility, the government dedicated SNAP Employment & Training (SNAP E&T) dollars to fund programs where SNAP recipients can build their skills and work experience in a supportive environment that sets them up for success. Through SNAP E&T, SNAP participants have access to training and support services to help them enter or move up in the workforce.

The model of employment social enterprises aligns with SNAP E&T, but can be administratively complex. Through tailored curriculum and 1:1 technical assistance delivered in partnership with Seattle Jobs Initiative, Center for Employment Opportunities, and FareStart, REDF helps ESEs become third-party providers, unlocking over $110M for the field so far. This allows more people on SNAP across the country to access this vital support.

Funding for this initiative is provided by the US Department of Agriculture.

About SNAP Employment & Training


Tailored Curriculum

Our SNAP E&T webinar series provides an overview of the program and its requirements to determine if it’s a good match for your enterprise. Watch the recordings of our past series or review tools and resources on REDFworkshop if you are interested in learning more.


Technical Assistance

Over ten months, organizations receive specialized training, technical assistance, and peer mentorship to begin or expand their SNAP E&T services. The program is managed by REDF, and technical assistance is provided by the Seattle Jobs Initiative and the Center for Employment Opportunities.