CalFresh Time Limit for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents
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. For more information on the COVID-19 virus visit www.covid19.ca.gov.
Welcome to the CalFresh Time Limit for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) webpage. This page outlines general information
about the CalFresh time limit for ABAWDs in California.
About the CalFresh Time Limit
When the CalFresh time limit rule is in place, individuals who considered to be ABAWDs are limited to three full
months of CalFresh benefits in a selected 36-month period unless they are working, excused from the time limit,
or are living in an area that is waived from the time limit. The current statewide 36-month period runs from January
1, 2020 through December 31, 2022.
Who is considered an ABAWD for CalFresh?
An individual is considered an ABAWD if they are between the ages of 18 through 49 and are not:
- Disabled; or
- Living with a child under the age of 18 in their CalFresh household.
Learn more about the CalFresh time limit here. (Coming Soon)
Counties Where the CalFresh Time Limit Currently Applies*
*ALERT – In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CalFresh time limit has been temporarily
suspended statewide, including in the counties below.
Some counties are waived from the CalFresh time limit rule, while others have the CalFresh time limit rule in place.
The following California counties currently have the CalFresh time limit rule in place. Click the county link
to learn more.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201)
The President signed the Families First
Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201) on March 18, 2020. This bill provides expanded food assistance
to states in response to the COVID-19 pandemic including temporarily suspending the time limit for ABAWDs
nationally until the emergency declaration has been lifted.
Federal Judge Blocks the Final Rule Released by USDA
The USDA released the Final Rule on the time limit for ABAWDs on December 5, 2019. The text of the Final Rule is
available at the Federal Register – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program: Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents . The Final Rule made changes to the
criteria in which states may be approved for waivers of the time limit as well as limits carryover of ABAWD
On March 13, 2020, Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell issued a preliminary injunction which temporarily blocks
implementation of the time limit waiver changes established in the Final Rule. The CDSS is monitoring this legal
action closely and will continue to update this webpage as new information is received.