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SNAP Time Limit for ABAWDs: What You Need to Know

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SNAP Time Limit for ABAWDs: What You Need to Know

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Updated: January 2017 - 19 more counties and several more townships and boroughs are now exempt from the time limit.  In all, 43 of PA’s 67 counties are now exempt, as are parts of 8 of the remaining 24 counties. People who have reached their time limit in those 19 counties should reapply! Click here to see which counties are exempt from the time limit.


The federal SNAP (food stamp) time limits for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) went back into effect January 1, 2016 in Pennsylvania, with many people beginning to lose their food stamps on June 1, 2016. This is a federal law that was suspended for many years.  Individuals considered “ABAWDs” may only receive SNAP benefits for a total of 3 full months within a 36 month period—unless the person meets an “exemption” or complies with certain work requirements. An ABAWD is an able-bodied adult between 18 and 49 years old who is not disabled,  pregnant, or living in a household with minor children.  Persons under age 18 or age 50 or older are not subject to this rule.

Read our op-ed about how you can prevent people from losing their SNAP benefits.

View our webinar or download the slides below to learn more about how this will impact Pennsylvanians:


Click here to view the Power Point slides from the webinar.

Watch this two minute video from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to learn more about this issue:


Download the materials below for information about exemptions, work requirements, appeal rights, and other important information.