Current Suspected Overdose Deaths in Delaware for 2024: Get Help Now!

Find school water testing results and additional resources

Attention Medicaid Participants: Eligibility Renewals Restarted April 1, 2023 logo

DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498

Date: April 9, 2015


Press Briefing Monday on SNAP Job Training Program

WHAT: Press briefing on Delaware's $18.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a three-year collaborative job training program for clients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Delaware is one of 10 states to receive this competitive grant seeking collaborative ways to help SNAP clients who are registered for work to transition from unemployment or underemployment into career paths with higher earning potential through expanded training and support opportunities.
WHEN: 11:30 a.m. Monday, April 13
WHERE: Central Baptist Church, home to one of the project partners 839 N. Pine Street Wilmington
SPEAKERS: Gov. Jack Markell Sen. Tom Carper Sen. Chris Coons Rep. John Carney Audrey Rowe, Administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service Secretary Rita Landgraf, Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS) Wilmington Mayor Dennis P. Williams Dover Mayor Robin R. Christiansen Rev. Terrence Keeling, Eastside Rising (partner) Justin Cressler, Kraft Foods (partner) Tanya Warner, a former SNAP client and now the SNAP Job Training grant manager for DHSS
DETAILS: The press conference will detail the employment and training program called Delaware WONDER (Work Opportunity Networks to Develop Employment Readiness), which will be led by the Department of Health and Social Services' Division of Social Services (DSS). DSS administers SNAP in Delaware. We anticipate approximately 5,300 Delawareans who receive food benefits will be enrolled in the pilot program during the three years of the grant. Delaware WONDER will involve several state agencies, the Central Baptist Community Development Corporation, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, the Food Bank of Delaware, Delaware Technical and Community College, Kraft Foods and Career Team. Clients who take part in Delaware WONDER will be assigned to one of four career tracks - construction trade, culinary arts, manufacturing or broad-based job placement - based on aptitude and interest.
NOTE: There will be an opportunity for one-on-one interviews with the speakers after the press conference.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.