PM 03-25-05-a: Community Service

WAG 03-25-05-a

Effective 07/01/2022, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) waiver approval allows the entire State to continue to be exempt from the SNAP Work Requirement Time-Limited Benefits policy in this section through new manual text10/31/2024 based on Illinois' high unemployment rate. For more information about the State's operation under COVID-19 see WAG 25-06-07-p.

The SNAP Work Requirement Time-Limited benefits policy below is NOT in effect for any county in the State through revised manual text10/31/2024.

Community Service

  • A customer may self-initiate Community Service with a preapproved Community Work Provider. Community Service Providers offer volunteer positions to individuals receiving SNAP to help them with meeting the Work Requirement when the policy is in effect.
  • Since Community Service is not a SNAP E&T component the number of hours a person must perform in community service each month to meet the SNAP Work Requirement is an average of 20 hours per week (80 hours per month).
  • Customers participating in Community Service are not eligible for Supportive Services.