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Getting SNAP restored for individuals age 18 to 50 - Did you know there is a second 3 month benefit?

It's come to our attention that many individuals age 18 to 50 believe they can only get SNAP for a total of three months unless they meet the SNAP work requirements or are exempt. WRONG!  Many "able-bodied without dependents" or "ABAWDs" can qualify for a SECOND three month benefit if they meet one of the following:

  • Worked for 80 hours in a 30 day period during or since they lost their SNAP benefits

  • Found a community service (volunteer) activity at an approved site, for up to 17 hours - but are not meeting the work rules currently

  • Started and did an employment or training (ET) program (20 hours/week) and requalified for SNAP, but the program ended and they are not meeting the work rules currently

We have seen a few cases where the ABAWD individuals attempt to reapply and are told they cannot qualify for SNAP if they are not working or otherwise exempt. We are finding a lot of confusion around this rule.

Based on the federal and state rules, many ABAWDs can get another 3 months worth of SNAP benefits.  See 106 CMR 362.340(F) and (H). Attached is a checklist that may help you flag clients in this situation. Please let MLRI know what you are seeing,

For more information on ABAWD eligibility, see MLRI's webpage here: /ABAWD


  • Boston SNAP Coalition meeting tomorrow, May 23rd - 10 to Noon, St Francis House in Boston, 39 Boylston Street (6th Floor).

  • Central MA SNAP Coalition, Thursday, June 1st  - 10 to Noon at Community Legal Aid, 405 Main Street, (3rd Floor) in Worcester. 

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