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USDA Proposed Rule Change

As you may have heard, the USDA has proposed a rule change that would limit states’ abilities to apply for and receive ABAWD (Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents) waivers. Currently, states have the ability to apply to have the time-limits and work requirements waived in areas of high unemployment and low employment opportunities. The proposed rule change would alter the criteria states must meet in order to qualify for these waivers that assist households struggling to find consistent and well paid employment. If this change were to go into place, only 4 counties in Illinois would be eligible for the waiver, none of which are in the Food Bank’s service area.
 
Last year, DuPage County lost its eligibility for the ABAWD waiver and half of the ABAWDs that lived in DuPage lost their benefits. According to the USDA, over 700,000 individuals across the nation would be impacted by this rule change and we expect hundreds of thousands of Illinois residents to lose their benefits.
 
Use your voice!

This proposed rule is currently on the Federal Register for the public comment period ending April 2, 2019. You can visit Feeding America’s ABAWD Rule Change Campaign page to submit a comment. 
 
Need some help developing your comment?
  • Feeding America has developed an ABAWD Rule Change Tool-Kit that can be found here.
  • Also, our sister food bank, Greater Chicago Food Depository is hosting a webinar Wednesday, March 20th at 10 am:
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Northern Illinois Food Bank
Teresa Schryver  
Advocacy and Awareness Specialist
Northern Illinois Food Bank
T: 630-443-6910 ext. 160   E: tschryver@northernilfoodbank.org  www.solvehungertoday.org

                
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