ABAWD Information and Verification Materials:
New SNAP Time Limits in Effect for Thousands of Marylanders
As of January 1, 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.
2018 State Legislation
More than 50 diverse organizations from around the state signed on to our letters in opposition to SB 513 and HB 1273. We extend our thanks to the leadership of all these groups. These letters of opposition were distributed to members of the Maryland Senate Finance and the House Appropriations Committees, along with our testimony on February 15. Our collective voice can make a difference in the lives of food-insecure Maryland residents.
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
New SNAP limits are in effect in the following counties, placing thousands of Marylanders at an increased risk for hunger and food insecurity statewide:
- Anne Arundel County
- Baltimore County
- Calvert County
- Carroll County
- Charles County
- Frederick County
- Howard County
- Montgomery County
- Prince George’s County
- St. Mary’s County
- Washington County
The following jurisdictions are currently receiving a waiver from the ABAWD time limit:
- Baltimore City
- Eastern Shore
- Garrett and Allegany Counties
2018 Statewide ABAWD Training Dates
Maryland Hunger Solutions is hosting statewide ABAWD training sessions. If you are interested in participating in a training, email us at ABAWD@mdhungersolutions.org.
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.
To request a policy training on ABAWDs and the new SNAP time limits, contact Maryland Hunger Solutions at ABAWD@mdhungersolutions.org.