Restaurant Meal Program
has been an option for states
state run, state contracted, state administered — since the 1977 Food Stamp Act. The decision to establish a restaurant meal program is made entirely at the state level.
Most importantly, the ONLY people who qualify are the elderly, disabled, and homeless, as this provision is intended to assist people who are unable to prepare meals at home or in a traditional kitchen setting. This key fact and requirement of the law is mentioned nowhere in your article and we can both agree that with that clarification this story changes drastically.
Since 1977 the decision to establish a restaurant meal program has been made by only a handful of states and because of this participation is very low.
How can I bring this program to my area?
If you would like to see the Restaurant Meals Program enacted in your area, contact your local lawmakers! You can easily find your elected officials on USA.gov. As we said before, this option has been available to states since 1977 but is very rarely used.
To help you, we’ve drafted a sample message below. You can copy and paste it, if you’d like – just be sure to change the names!
Dear [Elected Official],
Since 1977, the federal Food Stamp Act has given states the ability to enact the Restaurant Meals Program. This program allows vulnerable and at-risk populations, such as the homeless and elderly, who cannot cook meals for themselves at home. Through this program, these specific, qualifying individuals are allowed to use their food benefits to purchase affordable meals at select restaurants such as Subway.
Hot & ready pizzas at 7/11!
Buy a frozen pizza at select 7/11 locations and they’ll cook it for you on site!
Museum Admission Discounts for Quest EBT Cardholders
The Washington State History Museum, The Tacoma Art Museum and the Museum of Glass aim to increase public access to arts and culture in Tacoma by offering a reduced admission charge of $1 per person or $2 per family to patrons presenting their Washington Quest EBT Cards.
Admissions include the many programs offered at the museums, such as lectures, film screenings and workshops. To receive the discounted rate at participating museums, visitors need to present their EBT card at admissions. The EBT card cannot be used to purchase the admission.
The History Museum, 1911 Pacific Ave, is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is free from 2-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month.
The Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave., is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays in March through June). Admission is free from 5-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month.
The Museum of Glass, 1801 Dock Street, is open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free from 5-8 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month.