Home Cooking Microenterprises
Updated October 8, 2019 | Take action!
Please call, email, or write a letter to your County Supervisor urging them to OPT IN to AB 626/377.
Opting into the Homemade Food Operations Act supports micro-entrepreneurs and builds inclusive food economies. Download our FAQ sheet about AB 626/377 and scroll down for additional information & community stories.
The County of San Diego is requesting City support as it considers opting into AB 626 / AB377 over the coming months. Mundo Gardens, Olivewood Gardens, the National City Kitchenistas (pictured), San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, International Rescue Committee, and the San Diego Food System Alliance urge Cities to support local entrepreneurs positioned to thrive as a result of the implementation of this transformative permitting system.
In partnership with other advocates and leaders, the San Diego Food System Alliance is currently coordinating community efforts to advocate for County adoption of the “Homemade Food Operations Act” (AB 626 and its cleanup bill AB 377).
If adopted by San Diego County, AB 626/377 will help protect and legitimize the microenterprises of home cooks by establishing “MEHKOs”—Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operations—a proposed permit category for a food facility that is operated by a resident in a private home.
Why we are doing it:
There is currently no regulatory framework in place for selling food made in home kitchens, outside of Cottage Food Law, which permits sales of only non-perishable items such as baked goods, potato chips, and preserves.
That’s why AB 626 (the “Homemade Food Operations Act”) and its cleanup bill AB 377 are now gaining support from the home cook world. While already passed into State law, the bill has yet to be “opted in” or implemented by any other County in the state besides Riverside. If implemented in San Diego County, AB 626 / AB 377 will help protect and legitimize the microenterprises of home cooks, by establishing “MEHKOs”— Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operations—a proposed permit category for a food facility that is operated by a resident in a private home.
AB 626 / AB 377 opens the door for home cooks to enter the food economy without the high risk of starting a formal catering business or restaurant. Home cooks have long supplemented their communities’ access to nutritious, culturally appropriate foods.
Enabling individuals to conduct dignified, legal, and profitable business as food micro-entrepreneurs, and to not be criminalized for these activities, contributes to a more just and inclusive food system.
Download our FAQ sheet about AB 626 / AB 377.
Learn about the Cook Alliance, one of the primary advocates of AB 626 / AB 377.
“MEHKO: No enterprise too small to contribute to a more inclusive economy”
Read our story about Anna and Fanny, a mother-daughter duo supporting adoption of AB 626 / AB 377. Anna aspires to start a part-time cooking business serving Indonesian delicacies cooked in her home kitchen.
Find out whom your elected County Supervisor is. Send an email or call to let them know you care about the issue.
Spread the word! Share information about this active campaign with home cooks, food microentrepreneurs, or potential fellow advocates you know.