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 healthy meals.
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
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.
For more information about SNAP, contact DCBS at 1-855-306-8959.