In Texas Can You Bake For Non-Profit

Business By kse Updated 5 Feb 2011 , 10:24pm by kse

kse Posted 31 Jan 2011 , 9:16pm
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I've got a question. In Texas, can you bake tortes from your home kitchen, sell them at fundraisers and the proceeds go to a non-profit? Just curious. Thanks for all replies.

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kelleym Posted 31 Jan 2011 , 10:00pm
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Call your county's Health Department and ask them.

kse Posted 31 Jan 2011 , 10:03pm
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OK Thanks Kelly

cakesdivine Posted 31 Jan 2011 , 10:25pm
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I have lived in the following counties - Harris, Montgomery, Grayson, and Comal counties. None of these counties have allowed any baking in a home kitchen where the products are sold, whether it is for a fundraiser or for personal profit to the general public. Comal is governed by the State as they do not have their own HD. State law prohibits it, but many counties don't police fundraisers, but then again, some do.

kse Posted 31 Jan 2011 , 10:51pm
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Thanks for the replies. The reason I question this, a person in the surrounding area is baking tortes out of her kitchen and selling them for a children's non-profit. What she is doing is wonderful and personally I don't want to rock her boat. But I was curious of how she was doing this because what I have read is that it is illegal, no matter what. That's another reason I want the law to change!!!!

EnjoyTheCake Posted 31 Jan 2011 , 11:11pm
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According to the person I spoke to in Travis county 2 years ago, you can not bake in your home and give it for free to the public. I'm not sure how you can sell it at a fundraiser. You can bake for private parties but if money transfers hands, it's not allowed. That's my understanding.

However... Have you been following the Texas Cottage Food Law discussion? Get involved and help get these laws changed.

http://www.texascottagefoodlaw.com/

kse Posted 31 Jan 2011 , 11:50pm
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Yes I am keeping tabs on the Texas Cottage Law. I have called my Senator and Rep, then I am emailing them once a week regarding the bill. Let's get this thing passed!!!!!

Smokey64 Posted 5 Feb 2011 , 7:38pm
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I agree. I'm writing a letter to them today.

kelleym Posted 5 Feb 2011 , 8:18pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by kse

I've got a question. In Texas, can you bake tortes from your home kitchen, sell them at fundraisers and the proceeds go to a non-profit? Just curious. Thanks for all replies.



Since the Houston Health Department would rather the homeless eat out of dumpsters than eat homemade food, I'm going to assume that the answer is no.

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/houston-feed-the-homeless-org-shut-down-for-not-having-food-permit/

Texas_Rose Posted 5 Feb 2011 , 8:57pm
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According to TFER, "a kitchen in a private home if only food that is not potentially hazardous is prepared for sale or service at a function such as a religious or charitable organization's bake sale if allowed by law" is not considered a food establishment and doesn't have to be licensed.

It would really depend on the discretion of her county's health department, if they wanted to consider what she was doing a bake sale or not, assuming she's not using anything that would be considered potentially dangerous.

kse Posted 5 Feb 2011 , 10:24pm
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Thank you for all the replies!

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