CalFresh Food Assistance

What is this service? CalFresh is a federal nutrition program for low-income individuals and families that can help households buy healthy foods and seeds. Formerly known as the food stamp program and federally known as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), this program provides a monthly nutrition benefit which is used via an Electronic Benefit Transaction (EBT)card similar to a debit card. The benefit is used to purchase groceries at markets, small retailers and even farmer’s markets.

Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) - Business Owner Information

The County of San Luis Obispo is recruiting local restaurants for the Restaurant Meals Program.  You may be able to increase your revenue, and provide a valuable service to the community by participating in the CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program.
Elderly, disabled and homeless individuals who receive CalFresh benefits are able to use their Golden State Advantage (EBT) cards to purchase meals from participating restaurants and delis.

Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) for CalFresh Participants

The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) is an option that is only available for CalFresh eligible individuals who are considered elderly (age 60 years and up), disabled, or homeless.  It is intended to help individuals who may struggle to prepare meals or who may not have the facilities to store or to prepare food safely. This is why California has chosen to allow specific CalFresh recipients the ability to purchase prepare and hot foods using their Golden Advantage EBT Card at approved restaurants. The Federal rules preventing the purchase of hot, prepared meals still apply to all other CalFresh participants.