Since 2011 with the passage of the “Church Lady Bill,” Minnesota statute has exempted faith-based organizations from the need to obtain a food license—but there are a few conditions.
In many situations under this new bill, your church will not need to obtain a food license.
Exempt from licensure is:
The Church Lady Bill allows faith-based organizations to serve home-prepared food at their events, including bake sales and potlucks, without the need for a food license.
Food served in any of these environments is still not exempt under the changes in the law and a license is required:
Requirements: The Minnesota Department of Health provides more information about the exemption and requirements on its website.
Food safety tools: The University of Minnesota has an extensive list of food safety resources.
Sample kitchen manual: The Minnesota Department of Health has a sample church kitchen manual that can be used to help churches create their own similar manuals.
Safe food handbook: The U.S. Department of Agriculture has a safe food handbook containing all the basic information about food safety and preparation procedures.
Minnesota Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church