Fresh at the Avenue accepts SNAP benefits! To help you navigate SNAP, including some important changes made to the program beginning in 2020, the Coalition has provided the information below.
SNAP has two sets of work requirements. If you are age 16 – 59 and able to work, you will probably need to meet the general work requirements to get SNAP benefits. The general work requirements include registering for work, participating in SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) or workfare if assigned by your state SNAP agency, taking a suitable job if offered, and not voluntarily quitting a job or reducing your work hours below 30 hours a week without an approved reason.
You are excused from the general work requirements if you are any one of these things:
If you are supposed to meet the general work requirements on the basis of the criteria above but haven’t taken steps to fulfill them, you may be disqualified from getting SNAP for at least a month and must start meeting the requirements to get SNAP again. If you get back on SNAP and your requirements laps again, then you may again be disqualified for longer than a month and could be disqualified indefinitely.
You are excused from the ABAWD work requirement and time limit if you are any one of these things:
If you are age 18 – 49, able to work, and don’t have any dependents, you might need to meet both the general work requirements outlined above and an additional work requirement for ABAWDs to get SNAP for more than 3 months in 3 years (the general time limit). You can meet the ABAWD work requirement by doing any one of these things:
In the days since that first pop-up market, the Coalition has moved into a permanent space in the historic Pennsylvania Avenue Market, now known as the Avenue Market. Every Saturday from 9:30AM to 4:00PM and Wednesdays from 11:00AM to 4:00PM, local residents stop by to purchase fresh produce that is often produced at local Baltimore City farms such as the Whitelock Community Farm and Strength to Love II, each located in the 21217 area code. The program, called Fresh at the Avenue, also serves as an important focal point of workforce development. Residents have an opportunity to gain employment at the food stall where they are paid a fair wage, given public-facing responsibilities, and trained with skills that will make them an attractive member of the workforce for other employers.
If you have any questions about qualifying for SNAP, please reach out to the Coalition staff at [email protected]