Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Understanding the Risk to Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents of the Finalized Rule About SNAP Benefits

Join an informative webinar by Community Legal Services, the Coalition Against Hunger and Just Harvest on Tuesday, February 18 from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
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Last year, the Trump administration proposed a series of rules that will make it much harder for those in need to receive SNAP benefits (food stamps). The first finalized rule targets “ABAWDs,” so-called Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents, and goes into effect on April 1, 2020.

As a result of this rule change, about 90,000 ABAWDs in Pennsylvania will be at risk of losing their SNAP benefits. Adults aged 18-49 who are not living with children will only be able to get 3 months of SNAP benefits every 3 years unless they show that they qualify for an exemption for medical or other reasons, or, meet a required number of work and/or volunteer hours. If not exempt, the individual must work 20 hours a week, or do community service for about 26 hours a month.

During the webinar, we will explain the rule in detail, how ABAWDs can qualify for an exemption, how they can comply with the rule, and what you can do to help.

Louise Hayes, Supervising Attorney, Community Legal Services 
Kathy Fisher, Policy Director, Coalition Against Hunger
Ann Sanders, Public Policy Advocate, Just Harvest