The United States Department of Agriculture announced on Friday the recipients of $200 million in grants for projects aimed at getting recipients of SNAP benefits jobs — or, in some cases, better jobs.
Grant recipients in 10 states — California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington — will kick off the three-year pilot projects by October, using funds authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.Since slightly less than two-thirds of the people who get food stamps are either kids, senior citizens or disabled adults, these programs are targeting a relatively narrow slice of the SNAP benefit-receiving population.
“People just don’t realize how many of the beneficiaries are working or kids or seniors.”
“People just don’t realize how many of the beneficiaries are working or kids or seniors,” said Jim Weill, president of the nonprofit Food Research and Action Center.
Much of the work targets the segment the U.S.D.A. terms ABAWDs — able-bodied adults without dependents. Some of the pilots will target homeless people, former inmates and people with substance abuse issues — groups with challenges not typically addressed by ordinary job-training programs. Others will supplement skills-building with help securing other necessities like childcare or transportation.