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Information for Restaurant Owners



 Restaurant Meals Program Participating Restaurant logo About the Restaurant Meals Program 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 
How to Complete the Application 

Orange County is recruiting local restaurants* to participate in the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP). Restaurants may benefit from participation in the program through expansion of their customer base and providing a service to the community.

CalFresh recipients that are elderly, disabled or homeless can use their Golden State Advantage (EBT) card to purchase meals from approved restaurants.

*Restaurant definition: A private, for-profit establishment where meals are sold and served to customers, including in-store delis.

How to Participate

1. Complete a RMP Application Packet:

  • Complete a USDA Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Application for Meal Services (FNS-252-2). 
    • Click here to complete the application online, print and submit with original signatures of all owners/partners and corporate officers listed in Part 4 of the application.
    • Click here for instructions on how to complete the application.
  • Include the following documents with the application:
    • Color copy of a government issued photo identification card and a copy of a Social Security card, or other verification of a Social Security Number for:
      • all owners/partners
      • all officers of private corporations

Note: Identification documentation is not required for publicly-owned corporations.

  • Copy of a valid health permit and business license for each location
  • Complete a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the County.
    • Click here to complete the MOU online. Complete all required fields, print and submit with original signatures.
    • Click here for a sample MOU with instructions.
    • Please note: insurance verification is no longer required.
  • Mail the signed application and MOU with all required supporting documentation to:

Orange County Social Services Agency
Attn: Restaurant Meals Program
500 N. State College Blvd., Suite 100
Orange, CA 92868

2. You will be notified by the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Branch of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) of the status of your application.  

  • Notify Social Services of the eligibility determination:
  • Include the FNS number, if approved.

3. If approved by the FNS:

  • Integrate EBT into your current commercial Point-of-Sale (POS) equipment or by signing up for flat-rate EBT processing with goEBT.