If you are age 16 – 59 years old and able to work, you will probably need to meet the general work requirements to get SNAP benefits.

The general work requirements include:

  • Registering for work
  • Participating in SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) or workfare if assigned
  • Taking a suitable job if it is offered
  • Not voluntarily quitting a job or reducing your work hours below 30 a week without a good reason.

If you are age 18–49, able to work, and don’t have any dependents, you may need to meet both the general work requirements and other specific work requirement for Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs) in order to get SNAP for more than 3 months in 3 years (the time limit).

For more information about these requirements, exceptions that may excuse you from having to meet these requirements, and what happens if you are receiving SNAP but stop meeting these requirements please visit the US Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service website.

For more help, and to see our Temporary Assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Employment plan please visit our Office of Employment Services on the web, or call DSS at (914) 995-3333 or visit one of our District Offices