Changes in SNAP : Effective March 1, 2016, Work Requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDS)


According to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, “Beginning on March 1, 2016, SNAP recipients that are known as able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) will see a change in their benefits and requirements. An ABAWD is a benefit recipient, ages 18 through 49 with no dependents, who must work or participate in a work program to maintain eligibility for SNAP.”

“The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is the new name for the Food Stamp program. These benefits are used to buy food and help eligible low-income households in Pennsylvania obtain more nutritious diets by increasing their food purchasing power at grocery stores and supermarkets. If you are eligible, you will receive a Pennsylvania Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) ACCESS Card which is used to make food purchases at grocery stores and supermarkets.”

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