PM 03-25-00: SNAP Work Requirement

WAG 03-25-00

SNAP Work Requirement

revised manual textEffective 07/01/2021, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) waiver approval allows Illinois to continue to exempt the entire State from the SNAP Work Requirement Time-Limited Benefits policy in this section through 06/30/2022 based on the authorization of extended unemployment benefits to Illinois residents.  For more information about the State's operation under COVID-19 see WAG 25-06-07-p.

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revised manual textThe SNAP Work Requirement Time-Limited Benefits policy below is NOT in effect for any county in the State through 06/30/2022.

SNAP Benefits for 3 Months

Employable persons age 18-49, who are considered able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) are limited to only 3 months of SNAP benefits in a 36- month period, if the SNAP Work Requirement is not met (PM 03-25-02).   A SNAP application prorated benefit month does not count towards the 3 months. A person must either meet the Work Requirement monthly or qualify for an exemption to continue to receive SNAP.

3-Year Fixed Period

  • The 36-month period in Illinois is a fixed 3-year period that began revised manual textJanuary 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2023.

County of Residence/Office of Choice

  • SNAP Work Requirement applies to the SNAP household's county of residence, regardless of Office of Choice and only to those counties identified as non-waived.
  • The Office of Choice will work with the FCRC in the county of residence in determining and monitoring the eligibility of a SNAP household with a member that is required to meet the Work Requirement.

Voluntary SNAP E&T Participation

  • Illinois has transitioned to a voluntary SNAP Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T). All SNAP recipients may volunteer to participate in SNAP E&T on a first come, first served basis, except a SNAP recipient who receives TANF.
  • An individual who was once mandatory for SNAP Employment and Training (SNAP E&T) participation is no longer required to participate but may volunteer for the program. Volunteering to participate in SNAP E&T is an available option for an individual who must comply with the SNAP Work Requirement.