SNAP Restaurant Meals Program

For the Homeless, Elderly, and Disabled

The Rhode Island Department of Human Services approved regulations that allow homeless households and some elderly and disabled households to use SNAP benefits to buy prepared restaurant meals.

CLIENT BENEFITS

Homeless households and some elderly and disabled households can use their SNAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card to purchase meals at approved restaurants.

You will continue to receive monthly benefits.  This program will not affect your benefits in any way, other than providing an additional way of utilizing benefits.

ELIGIBILITY

This program is available to you, if your SNAP household meets one of the following criteria:

  • Homeless: the household must lack a fixed and regular nighttime residence or be living in a shelter, halfway house, or a place not designed for sleeping.  This includes those who are temporarily staying in the home of another person (90 days or less).
  • Elderly: the household must have only members who are 60 or older, or an elderly individual and his or her spouse.
  • Disabled: the household must have only members who are designated disabled by a government entity, or a disabled individual and his or her spouse.
  • Elderly or Disabled: the household must have only members who are age 60 or older or designated as disabled by a government entity, or an elderly or disabled individual and his or her spouse.

PROCESS

Eleven restaurants have been approved by the Food and Nutrition Service (USDA) to participate in the pilot Restaurant Meals Program:

Subway Restaurants:
962 Cranston Street, Cranston
719 Westminster Street, Providence
583 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
579 Atwells Avenue, Providence
2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence
614 Pawtucket Avenue, Pawtucket
483 Clinton Street, Woonsocket
310 Broad Street, Central Falls
258 Post Road (Walmart), Westerly

Other restaurants:
Federal Hill Pizza
1039 Chalkstone Avenue Providence

Participating restaurants will have signage that states “Participating Restaurant: SNAP Restaurant Meals Program” with the “Fork & Knife” logo displayed on the door or window.  You will be able to use your EBT card, which will be run through a Point of Sale device, similar to use of EBT at a grocery store.

Client Flyer and FAQs

Restaurant Owner FAQs