Change has taken place in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program changing the program to a mandatory status. Effective January 1, 2016, the Florida Legislature and U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service have mandated that the SNAP E&T program return to mandatory participation by each ABAWD or Able-Bodied Adult without Dependents as determined by the state’s Department of Children and Families also known as DCF. This program will also be known as SNAP MN or SNAP Mandatory Employment and Training. When an individual applies for or is receiving Food Assistance benefits formerly known as food stamps, then DCF will review the applicant and determine the applicant to be an ABAWD referring ABAWD as a condition of receiving their Food Assistance benefits to the local CareerSource or American Jobs center for employment and training activities. In Pinellas County, CareerSource Pinellas provides a variety of services and oversees completion of an ABAWD’s mandatory hours. An ABAWD must complete 80 hours per month in their allowable SNAP MN activity. A total of 20 hours per week is recommended.
Who is an ABAWD and mandatory? Please click the notification from DCF below. If you feel that you have referred in error, please notify DCF immediately thru the contact information below. We strongly encourage you to complete the program orientation and assessment to learn about the program, remain in compliance and avoid loss of food assistance benefits should DCF maintain your ABAWD status.
Contact your local DCF:
Phone: (866) 762-2237
Fax: (866) 940-7126
EBT Phone - Toll Free: (888) 356-3281
LET'S GET STARTED:
Your first step in getting started with the SNAP Employment and Training program will be to complete Steps 1 and 2 below. If you have already done so, congratulations on completing the State’s Online Orientation, Assessment and start of your Workfare Job Search to comply with the SNAP E&T Program.
If you have not completed and are an Abled-Bodied Adult without Dependents or have been classified an ABAWD by the Department of Children and Families (DCF), please go to Step 1 below to complete your SNAP Orientation, Assessment :
Step 1: Complete the program orientation and assessment online (must within 10 days).
Go online to the link below to complete your SNAP MN program orientation and assessment. It will generally take you 45 minutes to an hour to complete. It will be required to complete the SNAP MN program orientation and assessment within 10 days from notification or start of your food assistance benefits. Please ensure to complete fully and review each screen carefully to meet all requirements of the online program orientation and assessment. You may visit a CareerSource center (see locations below) to access a computer and printer as well as CareerSource staff to assist you. Then please move to Step 2.
Needing assistance logging in, please click here for instructions: Help Getting Started
Step 2: Complete and track your SNAP Job searches (must complete 20 total job searches).
During the first 30 days from the start of your Food Assistance benefits formerly called foodstamps and issued by DCF, you will be asked to look for work or job search. If you did not print already print a copy of the job search form to be used to record and track your Workfare job search, please click link below JOB SEARCH to assist you to get started.
During your first 30 days from notification or start of your food assistance benefits, you must complete a total of 20 job searches and record each job search on the SNAP MN job search form. You will also be required prior to the end of the 30-day period to turn in your completed job searches or form and meet with a CareerSource SNAP MN counselor to begin your next SNAP activity. We encourage you to visit one the CareerSource Pinellas centers serving the SNAP ABAWD during your 3rd week to avoid jeopardy or loss of your food assistance benefits and meet with a trained staff to guide you.
Once your online program orientation, assessment and job searches are completed or sooner if you may need assistance, move to Step 3.
Step 3: Come visit us at a CareerSource Pinellas center at the days and times below.
Due the immense volume of SNAP participants or ABAWDs that will be referred by the Department of Children and Families over January and February, CareerSource has set up group Information Sessions. At a group session, you will be required to:
- Submit your completed Workfare Job Search form with a total of 20 completed,
- Complete additional engagement forms and
- Most important select your next SNAP MN activity(s) to remain in compliance with the monthly 80 hours of ongoing participation.
Please arrive promptly if not 15 minutes early to secure a seat. Seating may be limited due to immense volume anticipated and will be seated on a first come, first served basis. When our seating is full, remaining SNAP participants will be scheduled to the next session.
Information Sessions and SNAP MN locations in Pinellas County:
Please click below to review and select a location as well as a day/time for a session located near you.
|St. Petersburg Center||Tyrone Center||Gulf to Bay Center|
|3420 8th Ave S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
Tuesdays: 8:30am, 10:30am, & 1:00pm
|7701 22nd Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
Mondays: 8:30am, 10:30am, & 1:00pm
|2312 Gulf to Bay Blvd
Clearwater, FL 33765
Wednesdays: 8:30am, 10:30am, & 1:00pm
Caution: SNAP staff is going to be heavily engaged and assisting a large number of Pinellas customers. Due to limited funding, we encourage to use the SNAP Information line below to obtain information and questions in lieu of contacting a SNAP counselor. Due to large volume, we will do our best to serve you and return messages received. However there may be an anticipated 3-5 day delay due to volume. Completion of your 20 job searches during the first month and 80 hours each following month will still be required.
For more information, please visit our SNAP Information line or submit your documentation by visiting a center or using the SNAP fax line below:
CareerSource Pinellas SNAP MN Program Services
Step 4: Select your monthly 80 hour activity(s).
To help prepare you and support your information session, please review the presentation below with an overview of allowable activities and their requirements prior to your meeting by clicking link below:
SNAP E&T Mandatory Program Activities - (Coming Soon, TBA)
Please remember that the ABAWD must complete 80 hours per month in their allowable SNAP MN activity. A total of 20 hours per week is recommended. Your activity support documents or timesheets should be submitted by the 15th and 30th to ensure sufficient time to update into the state MIS and reflect recorded hours within your MY TESS account! Please understand given the volume of SNAP participants anticipated in January and February that there may be a delay in CareerSource updates.
Transportation Reimbursement Assistance:
If you are interested in receiving help with your job searching efforts, participating in activities and receiving Food Stamp Reimbursements (FSRs) to help off-set the cost of transportation, please discuss with your SNAP counselor or review the SNAP program activities presentation above.
Other SNAP E&T Activity Resources
Instructional Guides ~ Review how to select a Work Experience site - (Coming Soon, sorry for inconvenience as forms are being updated)
One of the available activities under the SNAP MN program will be to participate in a Work experience site where you will be able to learn a job or job skill by doing the job. Please click below to review an overview prior to your next visit to CareerSource.
- Guide to Selecting a Work Experience (volunteer) Site - your steps
- Guide to Building your own Work Experience (volunteer) Site - your steps
Work Activity Forms - (coming soon, sorry for inconvenience as forms are being updated)
- SNAP Job Search Report
- DCF Employment Verification Form
- SNAP Education Time Sheet
- CareerSource Pinellas Approved Work Experience Sites
- SNAP Work Experience Agreement
- SNAP Work Experience Time Sheet
- Pinellas Training Sites
- PSTA Disadvantaged Transportation Application
- PSTA Disadvantaged Transportation Trip Verification Form
For use to support travel.
Find out if you are eligible to receive government benefits
- HHS Administration for Children and Families (ACF)
Find information on how to improve you and your family’s health.
- Social Security Administration: Food Stamps and Other Nutrition Programs
Find out if you are eligible to receive food stamps and other government assistance.
- USDA Nutrition Assistance Programs
Learn about Nutrition Assistance programs for children and low-income individuals.
Helpful Links or Services
- Pinellas Transportation Disadvantaged Program
Online application and information for 31-day unlimited bus passes for qualified individuals. For eligible Pinellas resident, you may be eligible for a monthly bus pass thru PSTA at the cost of $11.25 per month. You may be able to use your SNAP transportation reimbursement assistance of up to $25.00 per month to cover this cost and support your transportation needs ongoing.
- Information on Routes and Bus Schedules
- Free Cell Phone thru SafeLink
Online application and information for a free cell phone
Link to online 211 Customer access for services and resources in Pinellas County
- Gateway to My DCF ACCESS account
Link to your DCF ACCESS account which requires userID and password to review your case or benefits