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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, helps low-income people buy food. The SNAP Education and Training (E&T) program helps people who receive SNAP benefits find jobs. This page provides information about SNAP E&T services, funding and other resources.

The goal of SNAP E&T is to help SNAP recipients get jobs and become self-sufficient. The SNAP E&T program prepares SNAP recipients for jobs through education and training. It also helps SNAP recipients find work through various programs and training activities.

What We Do

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Job Search Help

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Education & Training

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Employment Resources

Additional Information

If you are 16 to 59 years old and work less than 30 hours per week or are unemployed, you may be required to participate in SNAP E&T to receive SNAP benefits. 

If you meet certain criteria, you don't have to participate, but you can if funding allows. SNAP recipients may also enroll in other TWC programs.

SNAP recipients who are required to participate must take part in SNAP E&T activities for at least 30 hours each week. 

Workforce Development Boards offer the following SNAP E&T services to SNAP recipients who are not getting Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits:

  • Job search
  • Job search training
  • Learning job skills 
  • Learning skills that are not job related
  • Work experience
  • Workfare

Participants in SNAP E&T activities can get regular jobs too.

SNAP recipients can get support services like transportation, child care, and other necessary expenses. SNAP E&T services include General Educational Development (GED) testing and high school equivalency certificates.

SNAP recipients who find jobs after participating in SNAP E&T may also receive job support and other services for up to 90 days.

Authority & Funding

The Texas Workforce Commission's (TWC) Workforce Development Division oversees the program. Staff at local Workforce Solutions offices offer SNAP E&T activities and services to SNAP recipients. 

SNAP E&T is governed by the following:

The Texas Workforce Commission gets SNAP E&T funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service. They also share the cost of other services with the federal government. 

Reports

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission submits to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service an annual SNAP E&T State Plan describing services and planned use of funds.