Former Food Stamps are now SNAP benefits. This Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program has important requirements to qualify. As of October 1st, new requirements come into force for able-bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD), which means that those who do not have children and can work must comply with the rules to continue receiving the checks.
However, there is an age limit. Although these job requirements changed on September 1, 2023, there is a new change. This has to do with the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 and the debt ceiling deal approved by Congress.
Who will be affected by the new SNAP work requirements?
Beginning October 1, 2023, new work requirements to collect SNAP benefits will affect ABAWDs between the ages of 18 and 52. ABAWDs must work at least 80 hours per month to collect Food Stamps.
If the beneficiary does not work at least 80 hours, they will only receive SNAP for 3 months within 3 years. Although the age limit was increased last September 1, from October 1, 2023 it has increased further.
What is the new requirement for this group of beneficiaries?
Since the first day of October, the SNAP beneficiaries Those ABAWD up to age 54 must meet work requirements. Those who cannot find work may also choose to receive some form of training or education.
It is worth noting that if you are a veteran, have a disability, or are pregnant, you do not have to meet the work requirements or the ABAWD deadline. You can also avoid SNAP work requirements if you are homeless or in foster care and between the ages of 18 and 24. In addition to these exemptions, there may be exemptions in the state where you live.