Are You Eligible?
Active CalFresh recipients are eligible to utilize the Restaurant Meals Program if they are part of the three demographics below:
Elderly: 60 years or old
Disabled: Have been determined disabled through the Social Security Administration, are a veteran with a service based disability, or are receiving disability payments through the Railroad Retirement Act.
Homeless: Living in a supervised shelter, halfway house, or a place not designated for, or ordinarily used as sleeping accommodations for human beings.
If you have active CalFresh and have additional questions see the FAQ’s below or call us at 800-223-8383
See what local restaurant locations are participating in the RMP Program
What can the Restaurant Meals Program do for me?
The Restaurant Meals Program allows elderly, disabled and homeless CalFresh recipients to use CalFresh benefits to purchase prepared meals at participating restaurants by using their Golden State Advantage (EBT) card.
How can I find out if I am eligible for the Restaurant Meals Program?
You are eligible to purchase meals at participating restaurants if you are elderly (age 60 or over), disabled*, or homeless.
Do I have to apply for the Restaurant Meals Program?
No, a special application is not required. You qualify, as long as you apply and receive CalFresh. However, you must meet one of the conditions of eligibility.
Will I receive more benefits when I participate in the Restaurant Meals Program?
No, participating in the Restaurant Meals Program will not change your benefit amount. The Restaurant Meals Program allows eligible recipients the option of using their CalFresh benefits at participating restaurants.
How do I find out if a restaurant is participating in the program?
A restaurant is participating in the program if the RMP logo is displayed on its door or window. For a current listing of participating restaurants: (add link to PDF)
After purchasing a meal, do I get a sales receipt showing my CalFresh benefit balance?
Yes, your sales receipt will show the cost of your meal and your CalFresh benefit balance.
Will I be charged tax or tip if I purchase a meal?
No, the participating restaurants are not allowed to charge tax or tip under the Restaurant Meals Program.
Can I use my CalFresh benefits to purchase alcohol?
No, you cannot use your CalFresh benefits to purchase alcoholic beverages, cigarettes, or any non-food items.
If my EBT CalFresh benefit balance is not enough to purchase meal, can I use my EBT cash benefit to cover the difference for payment?
Yes, you must inform the cashier that you will use a mixed transaction (EBT CalFresh and EBT cash combined). Before you buy a meal, check your last receipt or call EBT Customer Service (1-877-328-9677 or TTY at 1-800-735-2929) to find out the balance in your EBT CalFresh account.
What do I do if my EBT CalFresh transaction is denied by a participating restaurant?
Call 800-223-8383 to determine the reason your transaction was denied.
Need more information?
Call 800-223-8383 for more information regarding the Restaurant Meals Program.