Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)

Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)

Working age, non-disabled adults without children (referred to as ABAWDs, or “able bodied adults without dependents”) can only receive SNAP for 3 months in a 36-month period unless they are working or participating in qualifying work activities at least 20 hours per week. These resources provide an overview of the ABAWD time limit and explains how this provision hurts people.


Mar 28, 2018 | Testimony/Comments | CLASP

CLASP submitted comments on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (RIN: 0584-AE57) regarding the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) time limit.

Oct 18, 2016 | Report/Brief | CLASP

This brief focuses on the impact of the SNAP time limit on those with volatile work schedules and on the ways in which states can ensure their policies correctly apply federal guidelines and best practices to support these employed adults.

This Q&A provides information about what counts as work or training activity for ABAWDs facing the time limits on SNAP receipt.

Jan 19, 2016 | Presentation/Webinar | CLASP

Senior policy analyst Helly Lee presented on a webinar hosted by the National Disability Institute, discussing the impacts of SNAP time limits on able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs).

Jun 25, 2013 | Report/Brief | CLASP

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment & Training (SNAP E&T) initiative provides federal funding to states, in the form of grants, to help SNAP participants obtain jobs that will reduce their need for SNAP assistance. However, as this brief explains, major investments in SNAP are needed to ensure recipients don't go hungry and, when they're capable of working, can access employment and training opportunities.