About the Program

To help families fight hunger, Work First provides able-bodied adults with individualized career and job preparation services. First implemented in 2016, our programming helps low-income unemployed individuals prepare and obtain successful and sustainable employment with potential for growth and upward mobility.

In Washington DC, our SNAP Program serves individuals receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. In Baltimore, MD, our FSET Program serves justice-involved individuals who are enrolled in the Food Stamp Employment and Training Program (FSET).

How it Works

Eligible individuals are offered the opportunity to join a job placement, education, or job skill training program. For able-bodied adults limited to three months of SNAP benefits, these activities are critically important. Participants in the program have chosen to pursue certifications in a variety of fields or pursue further education

In partnership with America Works, Work First offers participants job connections and training to successfully navigate and build a career. By connecting adults with employment opportunities, we play a critical role in the transition to self-sufficiency. Our program has successfully placed candidates in various fields, and offers robust retention services to ensure that candidates remain successful and achieve career growth. 

The Impact

Within one year of its inception in 2016, the DC SNAP Employment & Training program was able to serve more than 200 clients, has placed 70 into employment, and helped 16 individuals complete an education or certification program.


Facts and Figures

since April 2018


Participants Placed In Jobs


Participants Enrolled


Participants who completed education/certification program


Participants Enrolled in Education/Certification Program



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Looking Forward

After starting the first SNAP Program in Washington, D.C., Work First has since brought its job readiness training and connections to America Works offices in Baltimore, Maryland; and St. Louis, Missouri. We are continually looking for new funding opportunities to expand the program and help transform lives through employment in new locations.