United Way receives Snap 2 Work Grant to increase financial stability in Greenville County

09/20/2017

GREENVILLE, S.C.—United Way of Greenville County has been awarded a $332,683 grant from the South Carolina Department of Social Services’ SNAP 2 Work Program to improve the financial stability of Greenville County citizens.

The SNAP 2 Work Program funds will be distributed to five local nonprofits—United Ministries, Homes of Hope, Foothills Family Resources, SHARE and The Turning Point—and will provide employment and training services such as GED classes, job search assistance, and specialized job skills training including manufacturing and medical assisting, for SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program or food stamp) recipients. 

According to the South Carolina Department of Social Services, more than 53,000 people in Greenville County receive SNAP benefits. The goal of SNAP 2 Work is to increase participants’ income to become self-sufficient, thereby decreasing their need for SNAP benefits. 

“The SNAP 2 Work Program aligns directly with the work United Way of Greenville County is doing to support our local nonprofit agencies and to improve the financial stability of under-resourced families in our community,” said Ted Hendry, president of United Way of Greenville County. “We are proud to receive these funds on behalf of Greenville County, which will be used to build a Cycle of Success for participants and their families.”

United Way of Greenville County has been the recipient of the SNAP 2 Work Program funds since 2013. More than 7,000 individuals have received services under the grant, increasing the financial stability of participants.

For more information on United Way of Greenville County’s SNAP 2 Work Program, contact Heather Esch, grant manager at hesch@unitedwaygc.org