Fall River residents who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can use their money for a meal at Faneek’s Coney Island in the city’s south end.
The local eatery last month became part of the Massachusetts SNAP Restaurant Program, a pilot project that connects local restaurants with individuals who are unable to prepare their own meals.
Faneek’s has been in Ms. Carpenter’s family since 1979 with a focus on supporting those who live and work in Fall River.
Ms. Carpenter says the restaurant hosts a special merchant device, similar to a credit card machine, that can scan residents’ EBT cards to purchase meals.
Ms. Carpenter says nine other states deploy a similar SNAP restaurant program, including in nearby Rhode Island. She is hopeful the program will continue once the pilot phase is complete.
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