What is SNAP?
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, is a
federally funded program that helps low-income individuals and families
purchase food. Each month, participants receive benefits that are appropriate
for their level of income and household size. These benefits are issued on an
electronic benefits transfer (EBT) card, which participants use to purchase
What is the SNAP work requirement?
Anyone in a SNAP household ages 18-59 who is able to work must
register for, look for, and accept work (except for exempted individuals). This is called the
federal work requirement. Individuals who have a SNAP work requirement and live
in an “active E&T county” must complete 20 hours of work
per week (averaged monthly) to keep their SNAP benefits.
Individuals may complete their work requirement through one of the ways below
in order to keep their SNAP benefits:
• Working 20+ hours per week, averaged monthly
• Participating in a component of the SNAP E&T
program for 20 hours a month*
• Combination of working and participating in a
component of the SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) program
for 20+ hours per week, averaged monthly
* Workfare hours dependent on SNAP allotment and household size
What is the SNAP E&T program?
The SNAP Employment & Training (SNAP E&T) program is one
of the ways the Commonwealth helps individuals complete the work requirement.
The SNAP E&T program helps individuals get jobs through job search,
training, education, or work program activities. By offering these experiences,
the SNAP E&T program promotes self-sufficiency and reduces reliance on SNAP
benefits. (Note: SNAP
recipients who have a work requirement may choose to complete the work
requirement on their own, or they have the option to participate in the SNAP
E&T program to complete the work requirement.)
Kentucky Career Centers (KCCs) manage the Employment & Training (E&T)
part of the SNAP E&T program. This means that KCC staff help SNAP
recipients who have a work requirement search for jobs, find training
and education opportunities, and find work that help them meet their
SNAP work requirement.
• To learn more about SNAP, visit https://benefind.ky.gov/General/SnapOverview
• To report SNAP E&T activity hours, visit www.CitizenConnect.ky.gov
• To learn more about upcoming changes to Medicaid,
For more information about SNAP, contact DCBS at 1-855-306-8959.