Restaurant Meals Program

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The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) allows elderly, homeless, and disabled SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) recipients to use their SNAP benefits for prepared or hot food from participating restaurants and delis. SNAP households experiencing homelessness can also use their EBT benefits to purchase meals at a concessional (discount) price from restaurants that have contracted with the federal government to participate in the RMP.

If you are interested in participating in the RMP, read the information below


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Program Overview for Qualified SNAP Recipients

Program Overview
The RMP offers qualified Maryland SNAP recipients the option to use their Independence (EBT) card to purchase prepared meals from participating restaurants. This program is available to SNAP recipients who meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Are experiencing homelessness,
  2. Are age 60 or older- this includes spouses (husband, wife, common-law husband, common-law wife), or
  3. Are Disabled – this includes the spouse of the disabled individual if the two are the only participants on the SNAP case

A SNAP recipient’s eligibility to participate in the Restaurant Meals Program will be reviewed at every redetermination. If a recipient is determined ineligible for the program at their next recertification, he or she can no longer use an EBT card to buy prepared food at restaurants.


How to Use Your EBT Card for the Restaurant Meals Program

Purchasing Meals from participating restaurants

and delis is as easy as 1 – 2 – 3 –4




1. Look for participating restaurants which are listed below, or ask your Eligibility Worker for a list of participating restaurants.



2. Call 1-800-997-2222 or visit www.connectebt.com to confirm the balance on your EBT card.



3. Purchase breakfast, lunch, or dinner from participating restaurants by using your EBT card.



4. Receive a receipt for each meal purchase to show the cost of your meal and the balance on your benefits account.





List of Restaurants by State Jurisdiction

DHS is piloting the Restaurant Meals Program in the current counties. Additional jurisdictions will be added as the program expands to other jurisdictions. The DHS is actively seeking restaurants to participate in the RMP.

We will be listing participating restaurants as they become cleared by the federal government.


Frequently asked questions for participants


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Interested in Participating?

Each SNAP recipient receives an Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card which is primarily used to purchase groceries at authorized retailers. A restaurant interested in Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) must apply to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to receive authorization to accept EBT as a form of payment at their facilities. The application packet includes the following forms and documents.

FNS 252-2 Form (please note the form instructions provided following this section A signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with MD DHS

FNS 252-2 Instructions

Frequently asked questions for restaurants