Massac County SNAP Employment & Training Program

What is SNAP E&T?

The SNAP E&T program helps SNAP participants gain skills and find work that moves them forward to economic self-sufficiency. Through SNAP E&T, SNAP participants have access to training and support services to help them enter or move up in the workforce. These programs also help to reduce barriers to work by providing support services — such as transportation and childcare – as participants prepare for and obtain employment. The state of Illinois is required to operate a SNAP E&T program and receives federal funding annually to operate and administer the program.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T) Program is a self-support program to help customers acquire work skills and find employment opportunities. The program also helps customers with work-related expenses for the first 90 days of a job. The program is voluntary for adults who receive non-assistance SNAP benefits, are between the ages of 18 and 55, and are not exempt. Participation in SNAP E&T enables participants to gain work skills and experience, meet the federal work requirement, and become economically self-sufficient. Some participants are hard to serve individuals with limited work histories and experience. Some may need additional education and training to find and keep a job or have other barriers to employment. Individuals will participate in specific programs based upon their individual assessments, identifying strengths and areas for development. All individuals who participate in SNAP E&T program must be assigned to the required number of participation hours, based upon the SNAP allotment and/or the component activity into which they are placed.

SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) can help SNAP participants gain skills, training, or work experience to increase their ability to obtain regular employment that leads to economic self-sufficiency. States are required to operate SNAP E&T programs, and are currently provided about $300 million annually by USDA to administer them. The below graphic is a simplified depiction of how the SNAP E&T program works.
The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) administers a voluntary SNAP E&T Program within the Division of Family and Community Services (DFCS), Office of Workforce Development (OWFD). SNAP E&T provides employment and training services to SNAP recipients who do not receive TANF Cash and volunteer to participate in the program. The program also helps with work-related expenses for the first 90 days of employment when the job is obtained while participating in SNAP E&T.

Check Your Eligibility!

Are you:

  • At least 18 years old
  • A resident of the State of Illinois
  • Receiving SNAP benefits
  • Not receiving TANF (Families First) cash assistance
  • Willing and able to work upon program completion

If you fit the criteria, then take the next step and connect with SNAP E&T! Call our office at (618) 524.5012 or stop by our office to schedule an appointment.

Support Services Provided:

  • Tuition and training services
  • Textbooks
  • Uniforms, tools, and supplies
  • Transportation assistance (including car repairs, gas, registration, and licensing)
  • Childcare
  • Training for successful job search (resume building)
  • Job retention services


Lorie Walters, Administrator
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Kaley McGinnis, Chief Deputy Administrator
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Diane Mescher, Deputy Administrator
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Office: (618) 524.5012 and (618) 524.8500
Fax: (618) 524.1472


Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Massac County Courthouse (Basement)
1 Superman Square
Rm. 1E
Metropolis, IL 62960

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 89
Metropolis, IL 62960

How SNAP E&T Works


If you have not applied for SNAP benefits but believe you are eligible, you can apply for benefits online through the Application for Benefits Eligibility (ABE) Portal. A link to the application can be found at this link

Customers can use the ABE Manage My Case portal to manage Medical, SNAP, and cash benefits – online, anytime.

  • Check the status of an application
  • Renew benefits or report changes such as:
    • Income
    • Household members
    • Additional or decreased expenses
    • Change of address
  • Upload documents
  • View notices and benefit details
  • View and reschedule upcoming appointments
  • File and manage appeals

To read FAQs about the ABE system or to receive a paper application or application assistance please visit this website.

Most households with low income can get SNAP benefits. The rules are complex, so all of the details are not here. The most important factors which determine the amount of, and eligibility for, SNAP benefits are:

  • Income and expenses
  • The number of persons who live and eat together

Customers can use the SNAP Eligibility Calculator to give an estimate of possible benefits. However, this is only an estimate and is not a guarantee that your household will receive the estimated amount. The SNAP Eligibility Calculator can be found at this link.