New CalFresh Employment and Training Model
The Foundation is helping local community colleges and community organizations to start CalFresh Employment and Training (E&T) programs, in partnership with their counties. Tools, templates, a training curriculum, and a handbook are being developed to ease the start-up process. The Foundation will continue to support effective program practices and help manage federal funding.
Fresh Success will help CalFresh recipients in community colleges and community-based organizations gain skills and employment. The program will be piloted in 2016 at two colleges—Gavilan College in Santa Clara County and Cosumnes River College in Sacramento County—and will expand to additional colleges and community organizations in the future.
“The labor market is rapidly evolving. By 2020, two-thirds of jobs will require some education beyond high school. To compete for these jobs, SNAP participants need skills training and education, not just help with a resume.”
Tom Vilsack,United States Secretary of Agriculture, October 29, 2015
The CalFresh Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs. CalFresh is California’s version of the federal assistance program called SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), formerly known as food stamps.
Learn more about the CalFresh program >
CalFresh Employment and Training programs
Currently, people who receive CalFresh benefits may be eligible for specific Employment and Training programs through their counties. Counties can choose whether they will administer an E&T program, and many counties do not offer an E&T program. Download an overview of E&T from CLASP >
Fresh Success is a new model for E&T in California, based in part on a successful model in the State of Washington. Download the Annie E. Casey Foundation report >
Services will vary in each Fresh Success pilot program, and may include job readiness training, work-based learning, career counseling, interview training, job search, placement and retention services, educational plans, academic monitoring, tutoring, workshops on budgeting, and case management. Participants may also receive reimbursements for transportation, required textbooks and classroom supplies.
Improves skills for unemployed
and low-wage workers.
Fresh Success is a critical tool that can provide employer-valued skills training to low-income Californians.
Increases participation in CalFresh.
CalFresh is one of the largest anti-poverty programs in California. E&T programs like Fresh Success incentivize people to enroll in CalFresh by offering supplemental services and resources in addition to additional benefits on top of access to nutritious food.
Extends benefits to students.
Community college students are usually excluded from CalFresh benefits if they are not working at least half-time; however, participation in an E&T program such as Fresh Success provides an exemption so they can receive food benefits while in school.
Provides a path from poverty.
Research shows completing a certificate or degree at a community college is associated with increased wages and employment opportunities.