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Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)

Published on: 4/3/2020 9:04 AM

Important Information About the CalFresh Time Limit

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CalFresh time limit has been temporarily suspended statewide beginning April 1, 2020 until further notice.

During this time, ABAWDs will not be required to meet the work requirement to keep receiving CalFresh.


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Important Changes to CalFresh

Beginning September 1, 2018, CalFresh recipients between the ages of 18 and 49 without children in the home are required to meet certain work requirements. You can find more information regarding this new policy, known as Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD), in our ABAWD Informational Flyer.

You may be exempt from the work requirement if you are one of the following:

  • Pregnant
  • Living with a child under age 18
  • Earning at least $218 a week
  • Caring for a child under age 6 or anyone who is disabled or ill
  • Applying for or getting unemployment benefits
  • Apply for or receiving disability/veteran’s disability benefits
  • Unable to work due to domestic violence
  • Participating in drug addiction or alcohol rehabilitation facility or program
  • Going to school or employment training
  • Volunteering at least 80 hours a month
  • Have a physical, mental, or emotional disability that stops you from working

You can complete the ABAWD Client Survey in order for a County Eligibility Worker to evaluate whether or not these work requirements apply to you.

If you are not exempt, you will be required to participate in approved activities to continue receiving CalFresh benefits. You can meet work requirements by doing one or a combination of the following:

For more information, contact CalFresh Employment Services at
or call 408-758-3743.