The federal SNAP (food stamps) program’s time limits for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWD) go back into effect starting January 1, 2016 in Massachusetts.
For more information on what this means,who is exempt, how to get an exemption, and how community service can play a role in getting an exemption, click here for an informative flyer from the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI).
The Time Limit
Apparently all Able Bodied Adults who don’t have Dependents (ABAWD) can only get SNAP benefits for 3 months of every 36 months, as, in theory, the economy has improved enough for Massachusetts to require at least part time work for for some adults to get food assistance.
How can the Amherst Survival Center help?
For people concerned about what this means to their SNAP, please come to the Center for:
- food (our daily lunch 12pm-1pm, fresh food distribution program, and food pantry (for residents of 13 towns),
- advice on getting exemptions,
- assistance applying for an exemption (from Ruth, our volunteer from the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, who’s here every Tuesday from 11:30am -12:30pm, and
- assistance on applying and finding employment from our weekly Job Search Assistance program on Thursdays from 11:30am-1pm.