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Restaurant Meals

Restaurant Meals is a CalFresh Program that allows you to use your Golden State Advantage (EBT) card to purchase prepared meals from participating restaurants. This program is available to you, if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • Homeless
  • Elderly - age 60 years or older and his/her spouse (husband, wife, common-law husband, common-law wife)
  • Disabled and his/her spouse (husband, wife, common-law husband, common-law wife) - Receiving Disability Benefits.

Purchasing Meals Is As Easy As 1 – 2 – 3

1.    Look for participating restaurants (updated March 2024) displaying the Restaurant Meals sign (below), or ask your Eligibility Worker for a list of participating restaurants.

2.    Purchase breakfast, lunch, and dinner from participating restaurants by using your Golden State Advantage (EBT) card.

3.    Receive a receipt for each meal purchase to show the cost of your meal and the balance on your Golden State Advantage (EBT) CalFresh benefits account.

Look for participating restaurants displaying this sign:

Los Angeles County DPSS Restaurant Meals Program. This restaurant is a participating member of the Restaurant Meals Program.

Restaurant Meals Program Notices

"Better For You" Combo Meals Notice

The notice is the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) Nutrition Education Notice. This is to promote healthy eating habits and to encourage RMP participants to choose healthier food options at the restaurants they visit.

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Apply On-Line with BenefitsCal

The easiest and quickest way is to apply for CalFresh online at BenefitsCal.

Apply by Telephone for CalFresh and Medi-Cal
You can apply by phone. Call the Customer Service Center (CSC) (866) 613-3777 to have an application mailed to you.

Apply In Person
You can apply In person at any Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) District Office or outreach site.