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 10/31/2023 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 10/31/2023.
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.
The 36-month period in Illinois is a fixed 3-year period that began January 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2023. A new 3-year fixed period will begin 01/01/2024 and end 12/31/2026.
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