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Los Angeles County CalFresh Restaurant Meals Program Fact Sheet

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The Restaurant Meals Program helps the elderly, homeless and disabled with access to food. …

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.


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  • 1. COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SOCIAL SERVICES FACT SHEET FOR RESTAURANT MEALS PROGRAMThe Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) is an extension of the Federal Food Stamp Act of1977 and is established under the communal dining provision. The RPM is only availableto homeless, disabled (receiving Social Security Disability, Railroad Retirement, or CAPIbenefits), and elderly (age 60 and over) CalFresh eligible individuals and his/her spouse(husband, wife, common-law husband, common-law wife). Eligible individuals may usetheir Golden State Advantage (Electronic Benefit Transfer - EBT) cards to purchaseprepared 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).The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) elected to participate in the RMP bypiloting the RMP in the City/County of San Francisco in March 2003, with theimplementation of the EBT System. DPSS was approved to participate in the RMP byCDSS in March 2005 and the RMP was implemented in Los Angeles County on July 25,2005.RESTAURANT MEALS PROGRAM GOALSThe RMP’s first goal is to make a difference in the lives of homeless, elderly, and disabledCalFresh participants. Many of the homeless CalFresh participants are unable to preparehot meals because they do not have a stove or access to a place where they can preparemeals. Perishable items often spoil, and for the homeless, this limits the types of food thatcan be purchased and consumed. Further, elderly and disabled individuals may havedifficulties preparing their own food. The RMP helps participants overcome these economicand social hardships.The RMP’s second goal is to promote healthy eating habits. Our Department supportsCDSS and the United States Department of Agriculture-Food and Nutrition Services(USDA-FNS) in its effort to promote healthy eating for CalFresh participants. DPSS iscurrently working with the Department of Public Health and the Board of Supervisors toenhance the “healthy choice” criteria for new restaurants enrolling in the RMP. In addition,DPSS has contacted major restaurant chains to encourage healthy eating. Someparticipating restaurants are currently displaying "healthy choices" signage (developed bythem and approved by DPSS).The RMP’s third goal is to provide RMP participants with a variety of low-cost mealchoices. The RMP affords eligible individuals the ability to overcome the cost of foodpreparation, storage and travel challenges, while they benefit from purchasing a meal at aparticipating restaurant in their vicinity. The RMP is an anti-hunger program. On a basic
  • 2. -2- level, many eligible participants do not have the money, tools, appliances or physical abilities necessary to prepare their own meals. The disabled, elderly or homeless CalFresh participant who eats at a certified restaurant will be nourished by an affordable meal in a food-safe environment. RESTAURANT MEALS PROGRAM PROCESS The eligible CalFresh participants’ EBT card is electronically coded and automatically identified as they swipe their card at a participating restaurant. RMP participants can purchase breakfast, lunch and dinner from participating restaurants. A list of participating restaurants is available at DPSS District Offices and from the Restaurant Meals website at: www.dpss.lacounty.gov/dpss/restaurant__meals/default.cfm. Due to the great interest in the RMP, DPSS had to cap participation at 1,200 restaurants in September 2010. DPSS has a waiting list of about 1,000 restaurants. While restaurants wishing to participate in the RMP must be certified by USDA-FNS, there is no application process for eligible participants. RESTAURANT MEALS PROGRAM DATA 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. CONCLUSION The RMP has helped nourish the RMP eligible population and has boosted the local economy. Numerous RMP participants have given credit to the RMP in assisting them survive these bleak and uncertain economic times. Interview after interview, families and individual participants have reaffirmed the importance of the RMP to their daily survival and the importance and hope that is given with each warm meal. The RMP has become an essential tool toward our most important county goal, to end hunger in Los Angeles. The RMP was recognized at last year’s National Conference of State of Legislatures conference for its impact in ending hunger.July 2012
  • 3. Selected Data1 for Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) Numbers of CalFresh Individuals Selected Unemployment Rates2 June 2011 to May 2012 January 2006 to May 2012 1,080,000 14.0% 11.1% 1,060,000 12.0% Individuals 10.4% 1,040,000 10.0% 1,020,000 8.0% 6.0% 1,000,000 7.9% Jun-11 Sep-11 Dec-11 Mar-12 Jun-12 4.0%498,246 households received CalFresh with603,694 children in May 2012. Los Angles County California U.S. CalFresh Los Angeles County 1 From April 2007 to May 2012 Summary Data May 2012 CalFresh Unemployment Individuals Rate Number of CalFresh Households 498,246 April 2007 622,860 5.0% Number of CalFresh Individuals 1,067,010 May 2012 1,067,010 11.1% Number of CalFresh Children 603,694 Caseload Increase 71.3%aSince April 2007 Total CalFresh Issuance Amount $165,401,320 CalFresh Benefit Issuances1 Los Angeles County Restaurant Meals Program June 2011 to May 2012 May 2012 Households $170,000,000 Aged 33,428 Disabled 9,939 Homeless 112,828 $165,000,000 Total 156,195 Issuances $160,000,000 Sources 1 Los Angeles County Department of Social Public Services, DPSSMART reports accessed July 16, 2012. 2 California Employment Development Department and $155,000,000 U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. 3 Hanson, Kenneth. The Food Assistance National Input-Output Multiplier (FANIOM) Model and Stimulus $150,000,000 Effects of SNAP, ERR-103. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Jun-11 Sep-11 Dec-11 Mar-12 Jun-12 Econ. Res. Serv. October 2010.May 2012 average issuance per household is $332. 3The Economic Multiplier for CalFresh benefits is 1.79. For additional information, please contact Los Angeles County, DPSS Intergovernmental Relations at (562) 908-8517.

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