New Bill to Clarify Legal Status of Church Food Fundraisers

HB 2486, introduced on Wednesday, February 18, carves out exceptions to the current law that imposes regulations on people who prepare food at home and then sell it. Some readings of current law would give local public health officials the power to inspect the home kitchens of places where food is prepared for fundraising consumption, and to shut down fundraisers.

The new bill would carve out a limited exception to intrusive inspections and shutdowns. It would allow people to make baked goods, and some kinds of jams and jellies, at home. A religious, charitable, or nonprofit organization could then sell these goods for fundraising purposes.