Effective 07/01/2022, Food and Nutrition Services (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.
ABAWD Time-Limit Clock
The SNAP Work Requirement applies to all initial applications, REDEs and active cases of customers residing in nonwaived counties of the State AND at their Office of Choice who are able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) (PM 03-25-01). The 36- month period is a 3-year fixed period that began January 1, 2021 and ends December 31, 2023 for individuals who are:
- eligible for SNAP; and
- determined to be an ABAWD (PM 03-25-01); and
- are not meeting the Work Requirement.
The 36-month clock starts when a nonexempt individual is issued their first regular month of SNAP benefits. A SNAP application prorated benefit month does not count towards the 3 months. The 3 benefit months do not have to be consecutive. The 36-month clock does not tick if proof of an exemption is submitted. The new 3-year fixed time period begins 01/01/2024 and ends 12/31/2026.
See WAG 25-06-07-p for the State's operation under COVID-19.