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The Restaurant Meals Program helps the elderly, homeless and disabled with access to food.
The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) is an extension of the Federal Food Stamp Act of 1977 and is established under the communal dining provision. The RPM is only available to homeless, disabled (receiving Social Security Disability, Railroad Retirement, or CAPI benefits), and elderly (age 60 and over) CalFresh eligible individuals and his/her spouse (husband, wife, common-law husband, common-law wife). Eligible individuals may use their Golden State Advantage (Electronic Benefit Transfer - EBT) cards to purchase prepared meals from restaurants that have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement with the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services (DPSS).
From the inception of the RMP through June 2012, Los Angeles County RMP has been responsible for a total of 9,891,969 CalFresh transactions and a total of $93.2 million in sales. In the first half of 2012, there were approximately two million transactions with $19.6 million in sales. As of June 2012, the RMP has 34,068 elderly households, 10,098 disabled households and 115,442 homeless households enrolled in the RMP. The total number of CalFresh households enrolled in the RMP is 159,608.