SNAP E&T / BFET Resources

SJI: Your Resource for SNAP E&T

Seattle Jobs Initiative is a leading expert on the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T), which provides employment and training and related supportive services to individuals on SNAP (food stamps). SJI has played an integral role in helping Washington State to develop, grow, advocate for and document its highly-successful SNAP E&T program, Basic Food Employment & Training (BFET).

Since its launch in October 2005, BFET has grown from a small, Seattle-based pilot to a statewide program involving all 34 of Washington’s community and technical colleges and more than 30 community-based organizations, and serving 28,000 individuals annually with a budget of nearly $30 million. A nationally acclaimed program, BFET is a true example of collective impact, with government, nonprofit organizations, community colleges, and philanthropy working together to help those on SNAP get the skills they need for careers that will help them advance to economic self-sufficiency.

Technical Assistance for States, Colleges & Community Agencies

SJI has a high level of experience helping states – as well as individual community college and community-based organization providers – develop and operate skills-based SNAP E&T programs. We are currently partnering with the National Skills Coalition to assist states in this endeavor. This multi-faceted work includes training events and direct, one-on-one consulting to states.

SJI is available to provide individual advising and technical assistance to your state agency or organization on building and operating an effective SNAP E&T program.

To learn more, contact our policy director, David Kaz, at or (206) 628-6974.


  • Washington State’s Basic Food Employment & Training Program, June 2014 (PDF, 1.2MB)
    In 2014, SJI completed a definitive overview of Washington State’s BFET program funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. This paper provides a history of the program’s initial development and growth; a detailed look at how the program operates; an overview of its outcomes; and a set of best practices and recommendations for other states considering expanding their own SNAP E&T programs.
  • SNAP E&T Toolkit — Sample, August 2014 (PDF, 775KB)
    SJI has also developed a comprehensive training Toolkit for developing and operating skills-based SNAP E&T programs, based on the success of Washington’s BFET program. Our Sample Toolkit includes the table of contents and a few sections of this step-by-step, resource-rich guide. Interested in the full Toolkit? Contact David Kaz, (206) 628-6974 or


Finally, some historical research and reports produced by SJI on the BFET program are available below.


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