Mon. Jul 26th, 2021

Thursday, the Governor signed a Colorado Comeback bill into law that will invest in Colorado’s successful Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) program. That food support program has been used extensively throughout Colorado over the past 15 months as the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out jobs, cut off family’s access to school lunch programs, and endangered their family security.

Colorado State Capitol and grounds. Photo by Colorado Public Radio

In Chaffee County, the SNAP program, administered by the Chaffee County Department of Human Services, kept hundreds of families whole during a frightening time.

HB21-1270, sponsored by Senator Rhonda Fields, directly contributes to Colorado’s economic recovery by investing in Colorado’s successful SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) program.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has cost countless Coloradans their jobs, many of whom have had to rely on critical support services to get by,” said Senator Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora). “As we work to build back a stronger, more resilient Colorado, we must take action to uplift those who have been hit hardest by the pandemic. This new law will help get Coloradans back to work by filling critical gaps in this successful and proven program.”

Colorado’s SNAP E&T program, known as Employment First, promotes long-term self-sufficiency and independence by preparing SNAP recipients for meaningful employment through work-related education, training activities, and work-based learning. The bill requires the department to direct county departments and any third-party partners to prioritize any state or federal money received to fund employment support and job retention services and to support work-based learning opportunities for Colorado employment first participants.