Archive for the 'Benefits Connection' Category

June 20, 2016

What’s Going on With This ABAWD Thing?

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

ABAWDIf you’re wondering why your site is experiencing an increase on the number of people between the ages of 18 and 49 looking for food at your agency, church or food pantry, the reinstatement of the SNAP (food stamps) policy may be the reason. This policy was waived during the recession, but with the unemployment rate down, the waiver was allowed to expire.

Effective January 1st this policy requires that Able Body Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) to –Work or volunteer for 20 or more hours per week (average 80 or more hours per month)

Work or volunteer for 20 or more hours per week (average 80 or more hours per month)
Participate in a Career Source employment program 20 or more hours per week
Accomplish a combination of both of the above 20 or more hours per week

Individuals who fall in this age range and have no dependents living with them must comply with the work requirements indicated above to remain eligible for food assistance. Otherwise,  they will be sanctioned unless they meet one of the following exemptions:

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October 14, 2014

Welcome home!

Author: Agency Relations & Programs Team

Thank you for visiting our brand new Partner Network Website!

Designed especially for you, this new site serves as a one stop shop for our network of partner agencies and organizations. Here, you can find updates about the important work you’re doing in our communities, along with an events calendar, frequently used forms, quick access to our online ordering system and contact information for your Agency Relations & Programs Team.

We’re just getting started and we would love to hear from you!

If you have any feedback about our new site, please contact Lauren Moskowitz at


Lauren Moskowitz
Director of Agency Relations & Programs