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Food Stamp Employment & Training Program

The program objective is to help individuals maintain or regain their food stamp eligibility by participating in a qualifying work program or training activity. The long-term goal of the program is to assist individuals in obtaining unsubsidized employment.

The work participation requirements can be met by participating in self-initiated community service through the Family Independence Agency or referral to the Michigan Works! Agencies (MWAs) for employment services.

Employment services and training activities available through the MWAs include unsubsidized employment, job search/job search training with workfare, work experience training, educational and training programs in combination with work that expands the job search abilities or that directly enhances the employability of the participant, vocational training in combination with work, and dual enrollment in other employment and training programs in combination with work.

Eligible individuals include adults who are able to work, without dependents, and aged 18 through 49.

The Department of Labor & Economic Growth (DLEG) distributes federal Food Stamp funds to the 25 local MWAs for use in the operation of their Food Stamp Employment and Training Program. The local MWAs must submit annual plans to the MDCD for approval. Funds are allocated on an annual basis starting in October.

Additional Information
For general information, contact Michigan Works! at 1-800-285-WORKS (9675) or the local MWA. For technical program questions, contact:

Department of Labor & Economic Growth
Office of Workforce Development
201 N. Washington Square, 5th Floor
Lansing, Michigan 48913
Telephone: (517) 335-5858
FAX: (517) 335-5945

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