SNAP Employment and Training Program
Effective January 1, 2016, the Florida Legislature and U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service
have mandated that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training program
return to mandatory participation by each Able-Bodied Adult without Dependents (ABAWD)
as determined by the state’s Department of Children and Families (DCF).
When an individual applies for or is receiving food assistance benefits, formerly known as food stamps, then DCF will review the applicant and determine whether the applicant is an Able-Bodied Adult without Dependents (ABAWD). If so, DCF will refer the ABAWD, as a condition of receiving food assistance benefits, to the local workforce board, such as CareerSource or American Jobs centers, for employment and training activities.
ABAWD must complete 80 hours per month or 40 hours bi-weekly in their allowable SNAP activities. (A total of 20 hours per week is recommended.) In Pinellas County, CareerSource Pinellas provides a variety of services and oversees completion of an ABAWD’s mandatory hours. To determine whether you may be considered an ABAWD, please click here.
If you feel that you have been referred in error, please notify DCF immediately through 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.
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 scheduling your mandatory employment plan appointment in compliance with the SNAP E&T Program!
If you have not completed and are an ABAWD as determined by DCF, please go to Step 1 below to complete your SNAP Orientation Assessment.
Complete the program orientation and online assessment within seven (7) days of DCF referral to CareerSource Pinellas.
Go online to the link below to complete your SNAP MN program orientation and assessment. It will generally take you between 45 minutes and 1 hour to complete. This is required in order to complete the SNAP MN program orientation, and this must be completed within 7 days of notification or start of your food assistance benefits. Please ensure that you fully complete and review each screen carefully in order to meet all requirements of the online orientation and assessment. We strongly encourage you to visit a CareerSource Pinellas center to access computers, printers and trained staff that are qualified assist you. Once completed, please move to Step 2.
Do not close out of the orientation site as you will need to use the same site to complete Step 2.
Schedule you mandatory Employment Planning Appointment through the same website as the SNAP Orientation and Assessment.
Available appointment times are as follows:
South St. Petersburg Center
Once completed, please move to Step 3.
Attend your self-picked Employment Planning Appointment at the designated location.
Please arrive promptly (15 minutes early) to secure a seat. Priority seating is given to those who have already scheduled their Employment Planning Appointment online, and additional seating is available on a first-come-first-served basis. When seating is full, remaining SNAP participants will be scheduled for the next available Employment Planning Appointment.
What to expect at your Employment Planning Appointment:
Employment Planning Appointments are designed to provide you with information regarding the requirements for your benefits. Appointments will last approximately 90 minutes and will ensure you fully understand all that SNAP has to offer.
During your appointment, we will:
- complete additional engagement forms;
- select your next SNAP MN activity(s) to remain in compliance with the monthly 80 hours of ongoing participation;
- provide you with information and guidance on the best way to complete, document and submit proof of your hours; and
- introduce you to Job Connect (formally “My Tess”), a user-friendly way to submit proof of all your job searching efforts.
In our state, the ABAWD must complete 80 hours per month or 40 hours bi-weekly in their allowable SNAP MN activity. A total of 20 hours per week is recommended. Completed forms documenting these hours are to be submitted by the 15th and 30th of each month.
Please understand that submission does not mean automated updating to your case in the state participant tracking system. State-accepted documentation will be discussed in detail and can be reviewed with a SNAP representative at any time.
Transportation Reimbursement Assistance:
If you are interested in receiving help with your job searching efforts, participating in activities or receiving Food Stamp Reimbursements (FSRs) to help off-set the cost of transportation, please discuss this with your SNAP counselor or review the online orientation.
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.
- Pinellas Transportation Disadvantaged Program
Online application and information for 31-day, unlimited bus passes for qualified individuals. For eligible Pinellas residents, you may be eligible for a monthly bus pass through PSTA at the cost of $11.25 per month. You may be able to use your SNAP transportation reimbursement assistance for 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
If you qualify for SNAP, you may qualify for free certification training. CareerSource Pinellas offers Hospitality and Microsoft Office Specialist training at its South St. Petersburg and Clearwater centers. Please contact your case manager if you are interested in enrolling in one of the training opportunities below:
Learn the skills necessary for obtaining a job in the hospitality and tourism industries. Through self-paced classes, individuals enrolled in this program have the opportunity to earn one or more of the following AHLEI certifications in less than one week.
- Guest Service
- Desk Representative
- Guest Room Attendant
- Restaurant Server
- Maintenance Employee
- Food Prep
Microsoft Office Specialist
Be Microsoft certified in as little as 3-weeks! A Microsoft Office Certification builds career readiness through proven Microsoft Office skills. Here is your opportunity to earn nationally-recognized certifications in an open-lab learning environment with small study groups and individual attention.