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USDA Proposed SNAP Rule

November 2, 2018
By Food and Nutrition Service, USDA

Agriculture Secretary Perdue Proposes Rule to Close Loopholes for Able-Bodied SNAP Recipients

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing stricter work requirements for  able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) between the ages of 18 and 49. It would not apply to the elderly or disabled, or to pregnant women in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), popularly known as food stamps.

ABAWDs are required to work after 3 months under current law, but state waivers exempt nearly three-fourths of them from work requirements. The rule would limit state exemptions.