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Changes to SNAP (food stamp) work requirements.

You might have heard about upcoming “food stamp cuts” due to policy changes. SNAP work requirements will soon be changing for “ABAWDS” (Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents). Starting April 1st, ABAWDS will have to either work or participate in a training program for 20 hours per week to be eligible for food stamps.

Read on to find out whether these new work requirements will affect you.

Do the new work requirements affect me?

The new work requirements DO NOT affect you if one of the following circumstances applies:

  • You have dependents in your SNAP household (that are listed on your SNAP account).
  • You’re disabled.
  • You’re over 50 or under 18.
  • You work and/or participate in a training program for at least 20 hours/week.

The new work requirements DO affect you if all of the following circumstances applies:

  • You don’t have dependents in your SNAP household (that are listed on your SNAP account).
  • You’re 18-49.
  • You’re not currently working or participating in a training program for at least 20 hours/week.

Ok, I think the new work requirements do affect me. How can I be sure?

The only way to be sure is to call your state. Some locations are exempt from these new requirements, so it’s best to call and double-check.

What if I can’t find a job?

If you need help finding a job, download Fresh EBT and check out our job board.

You can also try calling or visiting your local American Job Center.

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