If you currently live in Rhode Island and receive food stamp benefits, we have great news! Your Rhode Island EBT Card can now be used at fast food chains and restaurants throughout the state. There are several restaurants that accept EBT in Rhode Island to purchase hot, prepared meals.
Your Rhode Island food stamp benefits can be redeemed at eligible fast food and restaurant locations if you meet the eligibility criteria.
In this post, we will explain how to use your SNAP EBT Card at a restaurant or fast food place in Rhode Island. In addition, we will cover how the Rhode Island Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) works and who qualifies.
We will also provide you with a complete list of fast food places and restaurants that accept EBT in Rhode Island.
To find out what restaurants and fast food locations are eligible with your Rhode Island EBT Card, continue reading below.
Rhode Island Restaurant Meals Program
The Restaurant Meals Program (RMP) allows participants to use their Rhode Island EBT Card to purchase prepared meals from participating restaurants and fast food locations. This may also include the deli section of a participating grocery store.
To use your Rhode Island SNAP EBT benefits to purchase food at a restaurant or fast food chain, you must meet the RMP eligibility requirements. Not every Rhode Island EBT Cardholder will qualify to use their SNAP EBT benefits to purchase hot, prepared meals.
To find out who qualifies for the Restaurant Meals Program in Rhode Island, continue reading below.
Who qualifies for the Restaurant Meals Program?
The Rhode Island Restaurant Meals Program is available to participants that meet a specific eligibility criteria. To qualify for RMP, every person in the household must meet one or more of the following conditions:
- Disabled – the person is receiving Social Security benefits; Railroad Retirement benefits Annuities; or other disability payments.
- Elderly – the person is 60 years of age or older.
- Homeless – the person does not have a fixed or regular nighttime residence.
If your household meets this criteria, you will be eligible to purchase lower-cost prepared, hot meals at approved restaurants and fast food chains throughout Rhode Island.
Restaurant Meals Program Requirements
To use your EBT Card at restaurants and fast-food chains in Rhode Island, you must first meet certain requirements.
To be eligible for the Restaurant Meals Program, you must:
- Be currently enrolled and receiving Rhode Island food stamp benefits
- Have an active Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island EBT Card at restaurants and fast-food chains.
Using your Rhode Island EBT Card to purchase prepared, hot meals at restaurants and fast food locations is easy.
Here’s how it works:
- Find a participating restaurant or fast-food chain near you. Eligible locations will display a Restaurant Meals sign in their window.
- Purchase hot meals – breakfast, lunch, or dinner at the restaurant by using your Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island SNAP EBT Card benefits account.
Restaurants that accept EBT in Rhode Island
If you are trying to find out which restaurants and fast food chains accept EBT in Rhode Island, we can help.
Currently, there are 10 restaurants and fast food chains that accept EBT through the Rhode Island Restaurant Meals Program.
Get the complete list including address and phone number for all the participating restaurant locations below.
EBT Restaurants in Rhode Island
The restaurants and fast food places that accept SNAP EBT benefits in Rhode Island include:
|962 Cranston Street
|719 Westminster Street
|583 Elmwood Avenue
|579 Atwells Avenue
|2 Kennedy Plaza
|614 Pawtucket Avenue
|483 Clinton Street
|310 Broad Street
|Subway (inside Walmart)
|258 Post Road
|Federal Hill Pizza
|1039 Chalkstone Avenue
Purchase Groceries Online with Rhode Island EBT
The USDA’s Online Purchasing Program makes shopping for groceries with your EBT Card even easier. This year, the federal government approved Rhode Island SNAP participants to purchase groceries with their EBT Card online.
This means that your Rhode Island EBT Card and food stamp benefits can be used to pay for groceries for delivery or pick-up at select online retailers.
Participating retailers include:
To learn more about how to use your EBT Card to purchase groceries online at these retailers, continue reading below.
To get additional information about how to shop online at Aldi through Instacart, click here.
Rhode Island SNAP recipients can use their EBT Card to shop online at Amazon. To do so, you must first Register your SNAP EBT Card to your Amazon account.
To learn more about how to use your SNAP EBT Card to shop online at Amazon, click here.
Also check out our list of our most frequently asked questions related to using your SNAP EBT Card on Amazon.
Plus, EBT Cardholders can get discounted Amazon Prime membership for over 50% OFF!
To learn more and register for online grocery shopping on Amazon, visit their website here.
BJ’s Wholesale Club
BJ’s Wholesale Club now accepts SNAP EBT online in Rhode Island. For more information about its pilot program in Rhode Island and how it works, visit their website here.
For Walmart, anyone can use their Rhode Island EBT Card to purchase groceries online; however, there are limited stores that offer pick-up or delivery.
Currently, there are 7 Walmart stores that offer pick-up or home delivery when shopping with your RI EBT Card online.
Those stores include:
- North Smithfield
- North Kingstown
Please note that food stamp benefits cannot be used to cover the cost of delivery at this time.
To learn more about how to use your EBT Card online at Walmart, please visit our article here.
Stop & Shop
Stop & Shop grocery stores now accept SNAP EBT payments online for grocery pick-up or delivery through the InstaCart app.
Items eligible for purchase with SNAP benefits will be labeled accordingly. For more information, or to place a delivery or pickup order with Stop & Shop, visit their website here.
Before you Pay with Rhode Island EBT
It’s important to remember that before you use your Rhode Island EBT Card at an eligible restaurant or fast food location, you must first check your available balance. Your Rhode Island EBT Card is quick and easy to find out.
Here are three ways you can check your Rhode Island EBT Card balance:
- By Phone – Call the Rhode Island EBT Card phone number at 1-888-979-9939.
- Online – Visit the Rhode Island SNAP website and login to check your current benefits balance.
- In-Person – Use your last purchase receipt or visit a Quest ATM location.
For more help on how to check the balance on your Rhode Island EBT Card, follow our detailed step-by-step instructions in our Rhode Island EBT Card Balance Check Article.
EBT Restaurants in Rhode Island Summary
The Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island EBT Card, you can use your food stamps or cash assistance benefits to buy hot food at select restaurants.
This includes prepared, hot food that can be eaten on the premises.
Currently, 5 cities in Rhode Island participate in the program, including Providence.
Still have Questions?
We hope this article on the fast food chains and restaurants that accept EBT in Phoenix was helpful to you! If you have more questions about what restaurant and fast food locations are eligible for the Rhode Island Restaurant Meals Program, please let us know in the comments section below.
For details about the discounts that come with the Rhode Island EBT Card, check out our Rhode Island EBT Discount Guide here.
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