A Pandemic, Economic Recovery, and Uncertain Policy: Charting the Path Ahead for SNAP Work Requirements

Thursday July 09, 2020 03:00 PM - Thursday July 09, 2020 04:00 PM EDT

The COVID-19 pandemic has created waves that are rippling through the economy with high unemployment and industry-specific effects that disproportionately impact low-income workers. For SNAP recipients subject to ABAWD work requirements, this landscape is further complicated by the uncertain future of changes in federal ABAWD policy that is pending litigation. With a clear need for rapid scaling and adaptation of employment and training supports, SNAP agencies must plan now to prepare for what’s next.  

Join panelists from the American Enterprise Institute, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to discuss the outlook and implications of economic, public health, and regulatory uncertainties on providing work supports to SNAP recipients in the coming months. The conversation will involve discussion around SNAP Employment and Training (E&T) programs, unemployment and its varying effect on communities and job sectors, and how all of this will affect SNAP agency operations as businesses transition between various phases of reopening and closing. Please come ready with thoughts and questions for a robust discussion session between panelists and the audience!

-Angela Rachidi~Rowe Scholar in Poverty Studies, American Enterprise Institute
-Ed Bolen~Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
-Cathy Buhrig~Director, Bureau of Policy, Pennsylvania Dept of Human Services, Office of Income Maintenance
-Matt Lyons~Director of Policy and Research, APHSA