Support New Yorkers at Risk of Losing SNAP Benefits

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Support New Yorkers at Risk of Losing SNAP Benefits

Dear [Decision Maker],

A provision of welfare law from the mid-1990s requiring states to cut off certain SNAP recipients from their food benefits after three consecutive jobless months is beginning to take effect across country. Called the Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) provision, it targets nondisabled adult SNAP recipients between the ages of 18 and 49 who do not have minor children or other dependents in their home.

As of January 1, 2016, upon the loss of a job, individuals receiving SNAP who meet the ABAWD criteria are subject to a time limit of three months to find a new job of at least 20 hours per week or, if available, participate in a state-approved employment and training program or volunteer (workfare) program in order to preserve their benefits.

While New York State has requested and received partial waivers for counties and cities that continue to experience high and sustained unemployment, it is estimated that 45,000 low-income New Yorkers will lose their SNAP benefits this year.

We need your help! Legislation has been introduced in both the House and Senate to strengthen SNAP and support those facing ABAWD time limits. Please sign on and show your support!

HOUSE: SNAP Work Opportunity Program H.R 1025 This bill would require states to offer a state job, an education/training program and/or a community service site before terminating SNAP benefits.

SENATE: SNAP Work Opportunity and Veterans Protection Act of 2015 S. 2420 This bill would require states to offer a state job, an education/training program and/or a community service site before terminating SNAP benefits. It also includes additional protections for veterans.

HOUSE: Food Security Improvement Act of 2105 H.R. 3657 This bill would adjust SNAP benefits for greater adequacy by indexing them to the USDA's Low-Cost Food Plan.

Please add your name and voice to these critical issues. Thank you for your continued support.

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