Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2020-0067
Work Requirement Policy Resources

Here are some resources to find out more about SNAP ABAWDs and related information. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2017-0018
Requirements for Informing Households of ABAWD Rules

Section 6(o) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008, as amended, limits the time able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) can receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits to 3 months in any 36-month period, unless the individual meets the ABAWD work requirement or is otherwise exempt.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0089
SNAP Guide to Supporting Requests to Waive the Time Limit for ABAWDs

This guide consolidates and underscores FNS policy concerning waivers of the ABAWD time limit and replaces its predecessor, FNS' August 2006 Guidance on Requesting ABAWD Waivers. FNS advises state agencies to use this guide to understand, obtain, and prepare evidence that successfully supports an ABAWD time limit waiver request based on relevant sections of the Act; federal regulations; and historical SNAP policy.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0076
Clarifying Obsolete Regulatory References to WIOA; Americorps; ABAWDs

This memo clarifies both how states must treat Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for the purposes of the ABAWD work requirement and identifies obsolete statutory references to programs under the WIOA.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0030
ABAWD Time Limit Exemption for Veterans Disability Benefit

This memorandum clarifies how to apply an exemption from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program time limit for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) related to individuals receiving U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs disability compensation. 

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2016-0008
FY 2016 Allocation of 15 percent Exemptions – Total, Including Carryover

This memorandum provides the total number of 15 percent ABAWD exemptions available to each state for FY 2016, which includes the new exemptions earned for FY 2016, exemptions used in FY 2015 and carryover from previous fiscal years.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0060
ABAWD Time Limit Policy and Program Access Memo

This memorandum provides guidance to States in taking the balanced approach necessary to properly implement the SNAP time limit for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD).

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2015-0028
SNAP Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents Q&As June 2015

Section 6(0) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 limits able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to 3 months in any 36-month period, unless the individual meets the ABA WD work requirement or is otherwise exempt. The Food and Nutrition Service is providing the attached guidance in response to recent questions from State agencies concerning ABAWD policy.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2013-0092
ABAWD Question and Answers

Attached are questions posed by state agencies and Food and Nutrition Service responses that provide clarification on SNAP policy surrounding time-limited participation for ABAWDs.

Resource | Policy Memos | FNS-GD-2012-0033
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents Waivers for Fiscal Year 2013

This memo provides information about which states are eligible to waive Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) time limits for participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP) for fiscal year 2013.  Under  SNAP regulations at 7CFR 273.24(f)(2), a state can qualify for a 12-month statewide ABAWD waiver if the Department of Labor's Unemployment Insurance Service determines it meets the criteria for extended unemployment benefits.