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Creating Opportunities, Opening Kitchens (C.O.O.K.)

 

We believe home cooking helps build healthy, resilient communities and create economic opportunities for the people that need them most. We support a future where talented home cooks can legally and safely share meals with their neighbors.

The 2018 Homemade Food Operations Act (AB 626) will support economic inclusivity, public safety, and a new avenue to entrepreneurship for people historically without one.

If AB 626 becomes law, it will be the first bill of its kind in the United States and will create massive economic opportunities for cooks across California. This bill will permit the small-scale sale of meals from home kitchens, improve public health safeguards around the existing informal food economy, and legitimize an important lever of economic empowerment for immigrant, minority, and other vulnerable communities.

 
 
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What’s at stake.

  • If this bill fails to become law, thousands of cooks will continue to lack access to economic opportunity in the food industry

  • Public health risks to consumers that currently exist from the informal food economy will continue to go unchecked

  • New pathways to entrepreneurship will remain out of reach for underserved populations — including single parents, recent immigrants, and the financially insecure. 

 
 
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Food is Made by people.

Cooks we’ve polled in the informal food economy are:

84%

Women

48%

African, Hispanic or Multiracial Descent

30%

First generation immigrants

36%

Household income
under $45K


 

How you can support this movement

Support our Advocacy Efforts!

If AB 626 becomes law, it will be the first bill of its kind in the United States and will create massive economic opportunities for cooks across California. This bill will permit the small-scale sale of meals from home kitchens, improve public health safeguards around the existing informal food economy, and legitimize an important lever of economic empowerment for immigrant, minority, and other vulnerable communities.  

 

  1. Have your Organization Support AB 626!  We are looking for organizations to write formal support letters. Please fill out this brief survey, or email us. We will do the rest!

  2. Contact your local Assembly member!  If you live in California, calling your local elected official is the best way to voice your opinion. Visit the AB 626 advocacy page to call, tweet, Facebook, and email your local assembly member! You can also call 916-414-9127 to be connected directly.

  3. Tell us your story! It's important that we tell our local elected officials why supporting home cooks matters to us. Do you have a particular story on how being a home cook or how participating in the meal-share economy positively impacted your life? If so, we want to hear from you! Please email us and tell us your story!

  4. Sign our Petition!  Adding your name to our growing petition is great way to show your elected officials you support home cooks!   

   

 
 
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 We need your help to pass AB 626 in 2018.   

 

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about the bill

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