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CalFresh Work Rules

Under the federal rule is known as Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD), CalFresh recipients who are 18-49 years old and without a child in the home must meet work requirements to keep their benefits.  

Under the federal rule is known as Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD), CalFresh recipients who are 18-49 years old and without a child in the home must meet work requirements to keep their benefits.

Please note that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the CalFresh Program has many different activities that can be completed virtually or safely in-person in order to meet any work activity requirements.

Keep Your CalFresh Benefits - Steps to Take

If you are a CalFresh recipient 18-49 years of age, you do not currently have to meet work requirements to keep your benefits. If you have questions, contact the Human Services Agency (HSA) by calling (415) 558-4700

You can also:

Work Requirement Exemptions

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 ill or disabled
  • Applying for or getting unemployment insurance
  • Applying for or getting disability benefits or veterans' disability
  • Going to school or employment training
  • Volunteering at least 20 hours a week
  • Have a physical, mental, or emotional disability that stops you from working

Meeting CalFresh Work Requirements

If you are not exempt from working, 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:

  • Working at least 20 hours per week, on average 80 hours per month
  • Volunteering or performing community service 20 hours per week
  • Employment training
  • Participating in workfare arranged by HSA, less than 20 hours per week.

Interested in jobs or training? Call (415) 575-4600.