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SNAP Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents Q&As June 2015

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DATE: June 26, 2015
SUBJECT: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents (ABAWD) Questions and Answers-June 2015
TO: All Regional Directors
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

Section 6(0) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 limits able-bodied adults without dependents (ABA WD) eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to 3 months in any 36-month period, unless the individual meets the ABAWD 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.

Please distribute the attached questions and answers to your respective states .

Lizbeth Silbermann
Program Development Division


Page updated: January 30, 2023

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.