IMPORTANT CHANGES to New Jersey SNAP
If you receive SNAP benefits and are considered an Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD), this rule change affects YOU.
Under federal rules, you must participate in an approved work activity to remain eligible for benefits from SNAP(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
Starting in 2016, ABAWDs who are not working or are not in a work activity will get only 3 months of SNAP benefits in a 3-year period.
- work at least 20 hours a week
- participate at least 20 hours a week in a NJ SNAP-approved work program
- participate in a NJ-SNAP-approved workfare program.
If you do not meet this requirement, your case will be closed and you will lose your SNAP benefits. The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development offers a variety of employment and training programs to help able-bodied adults without dependents meet this work requirement. Call the number below to learn more.
- under age 18, or age 50 or above
- living with a minor child
- receiving unemployment insurance benefits
- participating in a licensed drug/alcohol treatment program
- physically or mentally unfit for work.