Proposed SNAP Rule: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs)

The USDA recently proposed a rule to restrict how states provide SNAP benefits to certain able-bodied adults without dependents. The federal rule is estimated to eliminate SNAP benefits for as many as 755,000 people across the country and reduce benefits by $15 billion over ten years. If enacted, this rule will reduce SNAP participation, increase food insecurity and poverty among low-income populations, and harm local communities and their economies.

We’ve created a guide outlining the proposed rule, why the changes to SNAP matter, the estimated impact of the rule in the District, and how you can submit a comment. Find our updated guide here

Update: Due to technical difficulties with the federal register system, the USDA is reopening the comment period to April 8th to April 10th. You can submit your comments during the new comment period either directly to the federal register or through the FRAC comment platform by Wednesday, April 10th. Find out more in the “How do I get involved?” section of our guide. 


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