FoodShare Employment and Training: About FSET

FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) is a free program that helps FoodShare members build their job skills and find jobs. Through FSET, we offer job skills training, education activities, interview skills, and you can get work experience. These skills will help you find a rewarding career. FSET will help you get a job after we learn your strengths, needs, and type of work you prefer. We also will use information about jobs where you live to help you plan your career goals.

FSET provides support services to help you complete FSET activities including, barriers to work. We’ll help you pay for things you need for FSET activities, such as work clothes, tools, books, child care, gas vouchers, and more.

If you are interested in FSET, contact your FSET agency to find out what services we offer in your area.

Through FSET, Gwen found a job and a new family at work. Watch Gwen’s success story:

 

See more FSET success stories.

Learn more about FSET

Getting started

Before starting FSET, you must enroll in FoodShare. If you aren’t enrolled, apply now.

Your agency can refer you to the FSET service provider in your area. A worker from the FSET service provider will meet with you to talk about your job needs and goals. They can help you earn skills to find a job that fits you.

Work requirement for adults ages 18–49

You may need to meet a work requirement to keep getting FoodShare benefits. Joining FSET is one way to meet this work requirement.

This requirement is for people ages 18–49 who don’t have any children under age 18 living in the home. You must meet one of the following work requirements:

  • Work at least 80 hours each month.
  • Take part in an allowable work program such as FSET or certain programs under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act at least 80 hours each month.
  • Both work and take part in an allowable work program for a combined total of at least 80 hours each month. Some conditions make you exempt from the work requirement. You may not have to meet the work requirement if:
  • You are exempt from the basic work rules.
  • You are pregnant.
  • You can’t work because of a physical or mental health reason.
  • You have been homeless for 30 or more days.

Read the complete list of exemptions.

FSET can help you meet your work requirement. Learn more about the Work Requirement for Adults Ages 18 through 49, P-00710.

If you don’t meet the work requirement or have an exemption, your FoodShare benefits may be limited. This limit applies until you meet the work requirement, meet an exemption, or a certain time period has passed.

You can join FSET even if you don’t need to meet a work requirement. To take part in FSET, contact your agency and tell them you want FSET services.

FSET regions and service providers—find your agency

View the FSET region map. Find your county on the map to know your region number. Then look for the name of the vendor that serves as your FSET service provider.

FSET data

View program data about our members enrolled in FSET. We update these charts every three months.

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Last Revised: May 17, 2022