The Homemade Food Operations Act seeks to decriminalize existing home food sales, create new income streams for some of California’s most vulnerable populations, and develop a model for rest of the country to follow.
“California is now a step closer to building a more inclusive food system. Legitimizing these home businesses will stimulate an important lever of economic empowerment for immigrant, minority, and other vulnerable populations while creating healthy, self-reliant communities statewide,”
Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia
“I am a home cook currently facing trial on criminal charges for occasionally selling extra portions of food to neighbors and friends through Facebook. As a single mother, sharing food helped me cover ingredient costs and support my six children. Unfortunately, I now face the possibility of multiple misdemeanor charges and fines.
As a home cook, I was simply feeding neighbors the same food I feed my family. Cooks like me should have access to training and resources rather than being faced with criminal charges and fines.”
(Stockton, CA—Home Cook and Mother of Six)
“Until last year, I lived in Saigon, Vietnam my whole life. My grandmother started a neighborhood restaurant there 60 years ago. She left the restaurant to my father, and he left it to me... Last year, I relocated to Emeryville.
Though I love California, I missed cooking my authentic Vietnamese foods. I'd love to open a small restaurant here to share my favorite dishes, but really can't afford to do that now.”