The federal government requires states to design and operate an employment and training companion to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). In Virginia the program is known as SNAPET (SNAP Employment and Training). Program participation is voluntary as of January 1, 2012. However, those individuals who are not exempt from work registration and who have their benefits time-limited have an opportunity to extend SNAP by choosing to participate in the SNAPET program, where offered.
Federal Legal Base - Food Stamp Act of 1977, Public Law 95-113
Federal Regulation Base - 7 CFR, 271 through 282.11