BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Beginning Friday, July 1, a new workforce initiative created by Governor John Bel Edwards related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will begin in Louisiana.
In April, Gov. Edwards signed an executive order creating new Louisiana standards that will require all Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents who participate in the SNAP program, but who are not currently working or in school, to participate in job training and assistance programs in order to remain eligible for federal food assistance.
The Louisiana Workforce Commission and the Department of Children and Family Services will administer the new program.
This new partnership between DCFS, LWC, and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, will connect able-bodied SNAP participants to already-successful Louisiana job placement programs to ensure a better success rate, mindful of these participants' unique challenges. Beginning tomorrow, July 1, DCFS will refer each ABAWD SNAP client to go in-person to participate at one of the 59 Louisiana Workforce Commission Business and Career Solutions Centers.
Louisiana's SNAP program currently serves approximately 70,000 participants who qualify as "ABAWDs." The Department of Children and Family Services estimates that this new workforce initiative will affect about 52,000, as some 18,000 ABAWDs already work, are attending school or are otherwise exempt from the federal work requirement.