Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Special Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)


Many individuals who receive other means-tested federal and state entitlements may also receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and/or SNAP. Created by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (P.L. 104-193), TANF replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). The objective of the program is to promote work, responsibility and self-sufficiency. The SNAP Program helps low-income people meet their nutritional needs. Both programs are means-tested; meaning that an individual’s eligibility and amount of benefit is determined by income. Thus, any earnings a person may have could negatively impact the amount of benefit the person receives, creating a disincentive to work proper planning is not completed.

Key Topics

  • TANF Program Basics
  • Characteristics of State Programs
  • TANF and SSI
  • TANF and SSDI
  • State Variances
  • SNAP Program Basics
  • Initial and Ongoing Eligibility for SNAP
  • State Information and Referral

Special Features

This informational seminar provides basic information pertaining to the TANF and SNAP programs using lecture, PowerPoint and opportunity for question and answer. Online polling will be used to test participant knowledge. A preparatory reading assignment will be provided and is required.

Who Will Benefit

Any individual who is responsible for assisting a beneficiary in maneuvering the complexity of federal entitlements when returning to work will benefit from this program. This includes attorneys, advocates, social workers, case managers, rehabilitation workers and job placement personnel.