The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a final rule that would limit eligibility for SNAP work requirement waivers based on the economic conditions of places across the United States. A nationwide preliminary injunction halting this rule was ordered on March 13, 2020 by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia; as of April 1 USDA had not appealed. SNAP work requirements have been suspended during the COVID-19 health emergency. Those work requirements will return when the Secretary for Health and Human Services declares the health emergency over, even if the economic emergency remains.
Enter your zip code to find out the SNAP work requirement waiver “eligibility gap” in your location during the Great Recession (in 2009) and during an expansion (in 2018). Click the national, state, and county bars to find out the share of people and SNAP households there that would have lost eligibility for waivers had the final rule been in place in 2009 and 2018, showing who would lose eligibility under different economic conditions if the Administration appeals the ruling and prevails.