Association of Community College Trustees Receives $1.56 Million Grant from U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has received a three-year, $1.56 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).Jee Hang LeeJee Hang Lee

For this FY 2022 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment & Training (E&T) National Partnership Grant, Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) and American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) will assist as partners.

ACCT and partners will use the money to make efforts towards expanding the community colleges that serve as SNAP E&T third-party providers, focusing on state systems and rural communities and dissemination of lessons learned. The association will select two cohorts each of state systems and rural community colleges.

“In light of growing community needs and decreased higher education participation, our colleges are looking for new and expanded ways to serve their communities,” said ACCT President and CEO Jee Hang Lee. “The SNAP E&T program is an opportunity to serve those with food insecurity in their communities while also expanding access to education and training on campuses. By focusing on state systems, which know their states best, and on rural community colleges, this approach will help bring SNAP E&T programs to places with the highest need.”

The goal of SNAP recipients is to receive education and support helping them with employment and careers.