The White House Rural Council partnered with the National Association of Counties to announce the Rural Impact County Challenge (RICC), a call for at least 100 counties by summer 2016 to pledge to create opportunity for kids in rural areas. Counties who have signed up to this challenge will have opportunities to engage with USDA federal agency representative and learn about grants, technical assistance, and resources available to counties across the country.
During this webinar, participants will examine how counties can better utilize the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to improve nutrition among low-income households. In addition to providing assistance in the purchase of food, SNAP also provides funding for job-driven employment, education, and training services to help SNAP participants gain the skills and education they need to secure jobs in high-demand and growing industries. The SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) program provides funding for critical education and employment services, including case management, support with transportation and dependent care, and job retention services. SNAP E&T provides an opportunity for rural providers, including community and tribal colleges and community based organizations to partner with State and County agencies to leverage Federal funds and provide rural SNAP participants with quality education and training programs that offer a continuum of services and supports needed for their success.