State awarded $19.9 million from USDA
FRANKFORT, Ky. (March 25, 2015) — Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Administrator Audrey Rowe today outlined the details of a $19.9 million grant awarded to fund a pilot project in southeastern Kentucky aimed at helping Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants find jobs and ultimately work toward self-sufficiency.
Kentucky is one of 10 states chosen to share in the $200 million in competitive awards from the USDA.
The Department of Community Based Services (DCBS) will oversee the pilot project, which will target resources in the southeastern region of the state, specifically Bell, Clay, Harlan, Knox, Leslie, Letcher, Perry and Whitley counties.
The pilot program will employ a collective approach to aligning and improving the employment and training programs and other services available to SNAP registrants in the eight-county region, including:
- Ongoing coordinated case management and supportive services
- Educational and career assessments
- Education and training opportunities
- Work-based learning and employment
- Success coaching