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Restaurant Meals Program

County of San Diego Restaurant Meals Program (RMP)

On August 28, 2012, the Health and Human Services Agency began recruiting restaurants for the new Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) in San Diego County. As part of Live Well, San Diego! and our efforts to support positive, healthy choices, the RMP offers options for individuals who may have difficulty preparing meals for themselves or do not have a place to store and cook food.

What is the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP)?

The RMP allows pre-authorized elderly (60 and older), disabled (receiving Social Security Disability Benefits) and homeless individuals and their spouses receiving benefits to use their Golden State Advantage (EBT) cards to purchase meals from participating restaurants. For all other CalFresh recipients, the federal rules preventing the purchase of prepared food still apply.


Who Can Participate in the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP)?

Pre-authorized elderly (60 and older), disabled (receiving Social Security Disability Benefits) and homeless individuals, and their spouses receiving CalFresh benefits to use their Golden State Advantage (EBT) cards.

It’s Easy to Use your EBT card at restaurants. Take these easy steps:

  1. Ask your CalFresh eligibility worker if you are approved to use your EBT card at restaurants in your area or search for a site near you by using the searching tool on the top right hand side of this page.
  2. Look for the “San Diego County Restaurant Meal Program (RMP)” sign in the window of participating restaurants.
  3. Before you order, show your EBT card to the cashier.
  4. Order your meal.
  5. Your EBT Cards will be swiped like an ATM card.

Calfresh Makes Healthier Meals an Option

Look for participating restaurants displaying this sign:


  • Restaurants that accept CalFresh benefits offer low cost meals for you to choose from.
  • Eating Healthy can help keep you strong, energized, and reduce your risk of developing serious health issues like obesity, heart problems, type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure.
  • Let “My Plate” Guide your choices for a healthy meal:

What if I am not Currently Enrolled in Calfresh


You can apply in many ways:

  • Over the phone with 2-1-1 San Diego. Click here to schedule an appointment.
  • Online through Benefits Cal
  • In-person at a local Community Based Organization (CBO) or at your local County office (call 2-1-1 for locations for in-person assistance), or
  • 2-1-1 can mail you an application packet for you to complete on your own.You can read more about the application process on the State of California’s website.