Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs)
New SNAP Time Limits in Effect for Thousands of Marylanders
As of January 1st, 2016 new SNAP time limits have gone into effect in Maryland. These new time limits restrict individuals known as “able-bodied adults without dependents” (ABAWDs) to three months of SNAP benefits in a 36 month time period if they are not exempt or participating in a qualified work, training, education or volunteer activity for 20 hours a week according to federal law.
Who is an Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWDs)?
An individual is considered an ABAWD if they meet the following criteria:
- Between the ages of 18-49
- Not disabled
- Not living with a dependent child under 18
The Impact in Maryland
As of January 1st, 2016 new SNAP limits have gone into effect in the following counties, placing thousands of Marylanders at an increased risk for hunger and food insecurity statewide.
- Anne Arundel County
- Baltimore County
- Carroll County
- Frederick County
- Howard County
- Montgomery County
- Prince George's County
- Washington County
The following jurisdictions are currently waived from the time limit:
- Baltimore City
- Eastern Shore
- Southern Maryland
- Garrett and Allegany Counties
Take Action with our ABAWD Outreach Toolkit
Our ABAWD outreach toolkit contains materials that can be utilized by community-based organizations to conduct ABAWD pre-screenings, verify participation in education, work, volunteer and job readiness programs & document an individual’s ability to participate in qualifying work or work activities.
- FRAC infographic: 7 Actions to Stop SNAP Time Limits (jpg)
- ABAWD Screening Tool (Excel file)
- ABAWD Flyer (pdf)
- ABAWD Policy Training Presentation (Powerpoint slides)
To request a policy training on ABAWDs and the new SNAP time limits, contact Rachel Tucker at email@example.com.