After the “Great Recession”: Excluding “Able-Bodied” Adults from Food Entitlements in the United States
journal contributionposted on 2018-06-18, 00:00 authored by Karen D'Angelo, Kathryn Libal, Nicole Seymour, Renee Hamel
A little-known provision to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), excluding those who are “able-bodied adults without dependents” (ABAWDs) from accessing long-term benefits without conforming to work requirements or eligibility guidelines, was recently reinstated at federal and state levels. States have considerable discretion in implementing the ABAWD provision, resulting in differential access to SNAP benefits. This article provides an analysis of the historical and political context of the ABAWD provision and its relevance to social work. An examination of several states’ different approaches to implementing the ABAWD rule underscores the limits of this policy and the consequent need for social work engagement and advocacy.
Publisher StatementPost print version of article may differ from published version. This is an electronic version of an article published inD'Angelo, K., Libal, K., Seymour, N. and Hamel, R. After the "Great Recession": Excluding "Able-Bodied" Adults from Food Entitlements in the United States. Journal of Policy Practice. 2017. 16(4): 452-471. Journal of Policy Practice is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/ DOI:10.1080/15588742.2017.1344604
CitationD'Angelo, K., Libal, K., Seymour, N. and Hamel, R. After the "Great Recession": Excluding "Able-Bodied" Adults from Food Entitlements in the United States. Journal of Policy Practice. 2017. 16(4): 452-471. 10.1080/15588742.2017.1344604.
PublisherTaylor & Francis