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    What is the Restaurant Meals Program?

    The FNS Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) is an initiative that is making a significant impact in the fight against hunger. This program, operated by individual states, enables SNAP recipients to use their benefits at various restaurants, including quick-service ones, to purchase prepared meals. This initiative is not just about providing food; it's about ensuring access to hot, prepared, and nutritionally balanced meals for those who might struggle to store or prepare food themselves.

    Understanding the FNS Restaurant Meals Program
    The FNS Restaurant Meals Program is a state-operated initiative that allows certain SNAP clients to use their benefits in a more flexible manner. This program benefits the elderly, disabled, unhoused, and spouses of eligible SNAP recipients. It's designed to increase access to hot and prepared foods for those who may not have the means to store or prepare such foods themselves.

    How Does It Work?
    Becoming a part of the RMP is a straightforward process for restaurants:

    1. Your restaurant must be in a state that operates an RMP.
    2. Obtain approval from your state to apply for RMP.
    3. Provide FNS with a signed agreement from your state.
    4. Be authorized by FNS to accept SNAP.
    5. Get started with an EBT processor

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    Who Qualifies to Use RMP?
    Eligibility for the RMP is specific. It includes SNAP recipients in participating states who are either elderly (60 years or older), disabled (receiving disability/blindness payments), unhoused (lacking a regular or fixed nighttime residence), or a spouse of an existing SNAP recipient eligible for RMP.

    Benefits for Restaurants and the Community
    Participating in the RMP is not just a business decision; it's a community service. Benefits include...

    - New Revenue Stream: Accepting EBT opens up an additional revenue channel.
    - Increased Foot Traffic: Attracts more customers to your business by expanding your payment types.
    - Community Engagement: Helps your establishment become a community staple.
    - Customer Loyalty: Improves customer loyalty and encourages repeat business.
    - Combating Food Insecurity: Plays a vital role in fighting food insecurity by increasing access to nutritious foods.

    Is Your State and Restaurant Eligible?
    RMP is currently available only in certain states. To find out if your state and restaurant qualify, you can contact us for more information, and a representative will guide you through the process.

    For those interested in learning more about EBT processing and the services offered by goEBT, resources are readily available. You can call their dedicated line or click the 'I’m Interested' button for direct assistance.

    The FNS Restaurant Meals Program is more than just a payment solution; it's a step towards a more inclusive and caring society. By participating, restaurants don't just expand their business; they play a crucial role in addressing food insecurity and ensuring that nutritious meals are accessible to all, regardless of their circumstances. It's an opportunity to make a difference, one meal at a time.

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