You don`t need to work to get SNAP benefits. However, you should try to find a job if you can. Some individuals are required to participate in the SNAP Employment and Training Program or the Earnfare Program if they are parents. You could lose your benefits if you have to take a work or training program and you don`t. In addition, some individuals must participate in the SNAP Employment and Training Program or the Wage Compensation Program, which is limited to adults who receive SNAP benefits and volunteer, or to individuals who are ordered by the court to participate. You could lose your benefits if you have to take a work or training program and you don`t. Hello. The entire state continues to be exempt from implementing the SNAP Work Requirement Time-Limited Benefits policy due to Illinois` high unemployment rate. The exemption was granted by Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) from 01.07.2020 to 30.06.2021. The SNAP work requirement limits a working-age adult between the ages of 18 and 49 to 3 months of SNAP benefits over a 36-month period.
In Illinois, the 36-month period is a fixed period of 3 years from 01.01.2021 to 31.12.2023. This manual version updates the 3-year period in the Cash, Medical and SNAP Policy Guide. No county in Illinois should enforce the SNAP Work Requirement Time-Limited Benefits policy. Employees will be notified when this policy changes. Please click here for more information on the work requirements for SNAP benefits.