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Restaurant cards for jobless are on the way

The Maui News

Beginning today, qualified individuals who have filed for unemployment compensation will be receiving a $500 “Hawaii Restaurant Card” that can be used at island restaurants throughout the state.

It is a prepaid debit card that will aid eligible state unemployment insurance recipients with supplemental funds to be used at restaurants and fast food establishments. It will be sent in the mail and can be used to purchase food and nonalcoholic beverages.

It is part of the state’s Economic Relief Program.

The card is a one-time benefit and will not impact Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Medicaid benefits or eligibility, according to the state.

There is no need to apply for the card. Those eligible are Hawaii residents who opened an initial unemployment insurance claim on or after March 1, certified that their job loss was due to the COVID-19 pandemic; and received unemployment benefits during September.

To learn more about using the card, see HawaiiRestaurantCard.com.

Questions about the program may be directed by phone to (808) 825-4904 or email at HRC@cochawaii.org.

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