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SNAP - Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs)

A new federal rule that takes effect April 1, 2020, will require some Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to meet federal work requirements to continue receiving federal food assistance, commonly known as "food stamps."

SNAP recipients who are classified as an Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) - that is, recipients who are age 18 to 49, do not have a child living with them and are considered able to work - can receive benefits for only three months in a 36-month period unless they meet the federal ABAWD work requirement or qualify for an exemption (or exception). This rule, known as the SNAP Time Limit, is established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). For Louisiana SNAP recipients, the rule would cover the period of April 2020 through March 2023.

FNS has granted a waiver of the SNAP Time Limit rule for 14 parishes with higher unemployment rates. Those parishes are Assumption, Catahoula, Concordia, East Carroll, Franklin, Madison, Morehouse, Richland, St. Landry, St. Mary, Tensas, Vernon, West Carroll and Winn.

What SNAP Recipients Need to Know

In late March, DCFS will mail notices and fact sheets to SNAP recipients who will be affected by the rule change, outlining options for meeting the work requirement and continuing to receive assistance.

SNAP recipients who meet the definition of an ABAWD, but don't qualify for an exemption, will have the following options to continue receiving assistance:

  • Work in a job (for pay, for goods or services, or as a volunteer) for at least 80 hours per month; or
  • Participate in an employment and training program for at least 80 hours per month; or
  • Work and/or participate in any combination of the above for a total of at least 80 hours per month.

For more information about the rule change, visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

For more information about SNAP, visit

Press Release (03.04.20) - Waiver Granted for Some Louisiana Parishes as New Federal Rule Brings Work Requirements for Some SNAP Recipients Beginning April 1

SNAP Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

3. Email:

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