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.
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.
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.
Ten restaurants have been approved by the Food and Nutrition Service (USDA) to participate in the pilot Restaurant Meals Program:
- 255 Weybossett Street, Providence
- 2 Kennedy Plaza, Providence
- 719 Westminster Street, Providence
- 583 Elmwood Avenue, Providence
- 962 Cranston Street, Cranston
- 483 Clinton Street, Woonsocket
- 104 Broadway Unit 1A, Newport
- 614 Pawtucket Ave, Pawtucket
- 310 Broad Street, Central Falls
- 258 Post Road, Westerly (Walmart)
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.
For more information, contact the URI SNAP Outreach Project: