RESTAURANT MEALS PROGRAM (RMP)

The Riverside County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) recently began administering the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP), an optional federal program. The program was implemented in Riverside County from a recommendation by the Board of Supervisors. The RMP allows homeless, elderly and disabled persons to purchase prepared foods with their CalFresh benefits.

Other counties currently participating in the RMP include Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo.

RESTAURANT CERTIFICATION

Restaurants wishing to participate in the RMP must meet the following requirements:

  • Enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
  • Be certified by the United States Department of Agriculture-Food and Nutritional Services (USDA-FNS)
  • possess a Public Health Operating Permit
  • possess a current Business License, and
  • obtain General Liability Insurance

There is no application process for eligible CalFresh participants; eligibility is automatically verified through Point-of-Sales (POS) equipment at the time of the transaction because eligible participant’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards are electronically coded.

RMP Introduction

RMP Locations

CONCLUSION

The RMP Helps nourish the eligible population and boost the local economy. Numerous RMP participants in participating counties have given credit to the RMP in assisting them to survive during uncertain economic times. The RMP is an essential tool towards helping Riverside County end hunger.

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