U.S. House Farm Bill goes in the wrong direction with SNAP work requirements

pdficon                   May 2018
Peter Ruark, Senior Policy Analyst

What are the proposed work requirements? The chair’s plan would require all SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) participants age 18-59 who are not disabled or raising a child under 6 to prove every month that they are working and/or participating in a work program at least 20 hours per week. Those who cannot comply would face harsh sanctions:

  • US Farm Bill goes in wrong direction with SNAP work requirements chart 1The first failure would result in a loss of benefits for 12 months.
  • Each subsequent failure would lock individuals out of SNAP for 36 months.
  • Individuals could only regain eligibility by working at least 20 hours per week for a month, or requalify through an exemption such as disability.

US Farm Bill goes in wrong direction with SNAP work requirements chart 2 rev

US Farm Bill goes in wrong direction with SNAP work requirements chart 3

US Farm Bill goes in wrong direction with SNAP work requirements chart 4