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SNAP Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) Policy Guide

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The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) developed this guide as a supplement to program rules to help the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) state agency understand and operationalize able-bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD) time limit and work requirement policy.

FNS recognizes that the state agency may use other terminology to refer to ABAWDs, such as time-limited participants. For the purposes of this guide, FNS uses the terms ABAWD and time-limited participant interchangeably.

The 2023 edition of this guide incorporates updates to statute and regulation and replaces the 2015 edition, Guide to Serving ABAWDs Subject to Time-Limited Participation.

Page updated: October 06, 2023