The CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) is an initiative in the United States by the Californian government that provides those individuals that face a significant risk of chronic hunger the ability to use their CalFresh Food benefits to buy prepared meals at approved restaurant vendors.
With a history that dates back to 1978, the program aims to provide older residents and people with disabilities who are recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.
There is also the option of purchasing prepared food at certain authorised restaurant vendors.
In 1996, the RMP was expanded to serve SNAP recipients who are also homeless.
In California, the RMP was started as a pilot program in the early 2000s in the San Francisco County area, and has now grown to include 18 additional counties.
Who is eligible for CalFresh RMP?
The following criteria determine eligibility for the RMP program.
- Individuals must be aged 60 or older,
- A person who has a disability,
- A spouse of an individual that belongs to one of the above categories, or
- A person who is currently homelessness
Which counties participate in the CalFresh RMP program
- Alameda County
- Fresno County
- Los Angeles County
- Mariposa County
- Monterey County
- Orange County
- Riverside County
- Sacramento County
- San Diego County
- San Francisco County
- San Luis Obispo County
- Santa Clara County
- Santa Cruz County
- Siskiyou County
- Tehama County
Which restaurants accept CalFresh Food benefits?
The list of vendors accepting the CalFresh Food benefits continues to be updated on a quarterly basis.
Those who are eligible for the program are able to use their CalFresh Food benefits at any participating RMP statewide, even if that particular vendor it is located outside of their county of residence.