New Jersey’s employment training program associated with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program would have come to an end without Assembly Bill 3647, which was signed into law Friday.
The program, originally called the SNAP Employment and Training Provider Demonstration Project when created in 2014, aims to improve the economic self-sufficiency of SNAP recipients by offering job-focused skills, training, and experience.
The new law makes permanent the previously-four year program and will rename it. It also engages the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to consider adding participants each year.
“This initial program helped many New Jersey residents gain useful skills essential to obtaining employment,” said Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, D-20th District, who co-sponsored the bill. “We have a program that works, which is why it’s so important to involve more partners and continue carrying out its goals.”
Assemblyman Jamel Holley, D-20th District, and Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez, D-19th District, also co-sponsored the bill.
“We owe it to our residents to give them every opportunity to succeed,” Lopez in a statement. “The participants in this program benefit from the training provided, as it helps them find and maintain steady employment.”
In his statement, Holley added, “SNAP recipients want to work and be financially independent, which is why we must provide them with the tools they need to do just that. This program offers invaluable lessons that are relevant to the professional world and will ultimately last participants a lifetime.”