If you currently live in San Luis Obispo County, California, and receive CalFresh benefits we have great news! Your CalFresh EBT Card or Golden State Advantage card can be used at select restaurants and fast food places if you meet the eligibility criteria. In this post, we will explain in detail how the Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) works in San Luis Obispo County and how you can qualify to use your EBT at these restaurants. In addition, we will provide you a complete list of food places and restaurants that Accept EBT in San Luis Obispo County, California.
First, we are going to explain what the California Restaurant Meals program is about and which counties are participating.
Second, we will explain the requirements for the RMP and how you can use your CalFresh EBT at these restaurants.
Finally, we will provide you a complete list of restaurants that Accept EBT in San Luis Obispo County, broken down by city for easy search.
You will see the names of participating restaurants with their addresses and phone numbers.
The list includes restaurants in the following San Luis Obispo County cities:
- Five Cities
- Los Osos
- Morro Bay
- Paso Robles
- San Luis Obispo
- San Miguel
All you need to do is scroll down and find the city where you live or a nearby city and you will see the list of restaurants that accept EBT there.
California Restaurant Meals Program
The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) allows CalFresh recipients who are 60 years of age or older, disabled, or homeless to use their CalFresh benefits to purchase lower-cost prepared meals at approved participating restaurants in certain counties.
If you fit one of the groups described above, you can use your CalFresh California EBT card at select restaurants and fast-food chains throughout the state.
Currently, the restaurant meals program is active in the following 39 counties:
- Contra Costa
- Los Angeles
- San Benito
- San Bernardino
- San Diego
- San Francisco
- San Joaquin
- San Luis Obispo
- San Mateo
- Santa Barbara
- Santa Clara
- Santa Cruz
California Restaurant Meals Program Requirements
To use your CalFresh Golden State Advantage EBT Card at restaurants and fast-food chains in San Luis Obispo County, you must first meet certain requirements.
To be eligible for the Restaurant Meals Program, you must:
- Currently, be enrolled and receiving CalFresh benefits
- Have an active California EBT Card
- Be homeless, elderly (age 60 or older), or disabled
If you do not meet the requirements listed above, you are not eligible to use your California EBT Card at restaurants and fast-food chains.
How to use your EBT Card at Restaurants in San Luis Obispo County
Using your EBT Card to purchase hot meals at restaurants and fast food locations is easy.
Here’s what you do:
- Find a participating restaurant or fast-food chain near you. Eligible locations will display the Restaurant Meals sign (pictured below).
- Purchase hot meals – breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the restaurant by using your California EBT Card at checkout.
- Follow the instructions and enter your 4-digit EBT Card PIN to complete your purchase.
- Get your receipt to see the remaining balance on your EBT Card CalFresh benefits account.
List of Restaurants that Accept EBT in San Luis Obispo County
We have listed below the restaurants that accept CalFresh EBT in San Luis Obispo County, CA by City.
Scroll down to find your city or a nearby city and see which restaurants in that county accept CalFresh EBT.
Currently, the following restaurants accept EBT Cards in San Luis Obispo County, California. See the list below.
8307 El Camino Real
6300 Morro Road
6910 El Camino Real
611 Five Cities Drive
1205 E. Grand Ave
2084 9th Street #A
1310 24th Street
1920 Creston Road
611 Spring Street
2138 Spring Street
186 Niblick Road
2715 Black Oak Drive
1859 Ramada Drive
141 Niblick Road
San Luis Obispo
208 Madonna Road
San Luis Obispo
866 E. Foothill Blvd.
San Luis Obispo
El Sinaloa Tortilleria
1299 Mission Street, Ste. 2
249 10th Street
98 S. Main Street # C
CalFresh Eligible Food Items FAQs
Can you buy energy drinks with CalFresh?
Energy drinks that have a nutrition label are eligible foods you can buy with your CalFresh benefits.
However, energy drinks that have a supplement facts label are classified by the FDA as supplements and are therefore not eligible under food stamps rules.
Can I buy deli food with CalFresh EBT?
You are not allowed to use CalFresh to buy food you can eat at the premises or hot food in general.
You are only allowed to buy food you are taking home to prepare.
Therefore, when it comes to Deli foods, you cannot buy hot food from the deli or prepared foods like mac n cheese, chicken or sandwiches, stuff from the salad bar.
However, you can buy deli meats and cheeses and cold uncooked items from the deli with your CalFresh EBT card as long as you are going to take them home to prepare.
Can you buy Pet Food with CalFresh EBT?
This is directly from the USDA Website.
If you attempt to use your CalFresh card to buy pet or dog food, you will be violating the law – which could land you in jail.
Here are some of the top questions we get about CalFresh.
Why Did I Receive $95 in CalFresh Benefits this Month?
Did you receive a $95 food stamps deposit on your EBT card this month? Here’s why:
As part of the Food Stamps Emergency Allotment (EA) that was approved as part of the stimulus bill in March 2021, food stamps beneficiaries were approved for extra benefits through September 2021.
Effective April 2021, all CalFresh households will receive a minimum EA of $95 per month in food stamps benefits.
This new minimum EA applies regardless of household size.
Who is Eligible for a $600 Golden State Stimulus?
Here are the groups of California residents who qualify for the Golden State Stimulus:
First, California residents who qualify for the state Earned Income Tax Credit on their 2020 tax returns are eligible.
Generally, California tax filers who earn less than $30,000 a year are eligible for that credit.
Second, California households enrolled in the CalWORKS program also Qualify.
Third, recipients of SSI/SSP and the state’s Cash Assistance Program for Immigrants (CAPI) also qualify.
Lastly, undocumented immigrants who live in households that earn less than $75,000 a year also qualify.
If I get CalFresh am I taking benefits away from other people?
No. CalFresh is an entitlement program.
Therefore, everyone who qualifies for CalFresh will get benefits.
In the state of California, there are about 4 million people who are eligible but not receiving CalFresh.
For every $5 of CalFresh spent in a community, another $9 of local economic activity is generated.
Therefore, CalFresh dollars help support jobs and businesses in your community.
How Long Can I Receive CalFresh Benefits?
There is no time limit for how long eligible individuals and families can receive CalFresh.
However, in order to maintain benefits, CalFresh recipients are required to fill out semi-annual reports and annual recertifications.
Where are my CalFresh Food Stamps?
CalFresh benefits are electronically issued to your personal Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Card – also called the Golden State Advantage Card.
Benefits are available to you during the first ten days of the month, as long as you have turned in your paperwork on time.
Restaurants that Accept EBT in San Luis Obispo County Summary
Here’s the bottom line:
The San Luis Obispo County Restaurant Meals program applies to those who are homeless, elderly (age 60 or older), or disabled.
If you are one of the groups above and have an active California EBT Card, you can use your CalFresh benefits to buy food at select restaurants.
This includes hot food that can be eaten at the premises.
Currently, 15 counties in California participate in the program, including San Luis Obispo County.
We hope this post on restaurants that accept EBT in San Luis Obispo County was helpful.
If you have further questions about CalFresh or California EBT Card, please let us know in the comments section below.
Be sure to check out our other articles about CalFresh and CalFresh EBT, including:
$600 Stimulus Check for Californians FAQs
Restaurants that Take CalFresh in California
California P-EBT Extension for 2020/2021
CalFresh Account Login Help
How much will I get in CalFresh in 2021?
February Extra Food Stamps Schedule
March Extra Food Stamps Schedule
April Extra Food Stamps Schedule – CA