Bring new employment, local food, and neighborly love to your community. Make your voice heard by your County to legalize the sale of home-cooked food now.
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AB-626 was signed into law by California Governor Brown on Sept
18, 2018, and went into effect on January 1, 2019.
The legislation allows independent cooks to start small cooking
operations from their home kitchens, in a licensed and permitted
While this is legal at the state level, each county’s Board of Supervisors must opt-in to the law before offering home restaurants (formally known as Microenterprise Home Kitchens Operations, or MEHKO) the necessary health permits to operate legally.
Riverside was the first county that opted in to the law. With a 100% safety track record, Riverside’s early adoption of AB-626 has helped many independent cooks make sustainable income while offering their community access to diverse and healthy food options. Now more than ever do we need access to economic opportunities, especially in the food industry where an estimated 8 million employees have been laid off.
It costs an average of $250,000 to open a restaurant in
California. This huge financial barrier has prevented thousands of
talented cooks from becoming food business owners. As a result,
many neighborhoods lack access to economic opportunities and
affordable, healthy food.
How much does it cost to permit your home restaurant? Less than $1,000!
Foodnome is the first legal marketplace for home cooked food in the US. We have advocated and organized for years to create a more equitable, inclusive, and human-centered food economy. Join us as we work to empower food entrepreneurship, build community, and redefine our relationship to our food!