Bake sale(s) provide great fundraising opportunities for non-profit organizations such as schools, sports teams, religious organizations, etc. In order to ensure the safety of those consuming the food products Kentucky has enacted specific laws regarding the preparation, handling, labeling, and storage of food offered to the public. Accordingly, you should familiarize yourself with the following statutes KRS 217.005-217.215 prior to offering food to the public.
While you are not required to have a license you must have authorization in advance of the event. As such you should apply at your local health center for approval at least five days in advance of the sale.
Packaging and Labeling Requirements:
- Packaging and labeling are required for all products, see KRS 217.136(3)(a)-(f) for specifics
Foods not permitted for bake sales include:
- Pies made with cream, meringue, or pumpkin
- Cream-filled cakes, cupcakes, muffins, or doughnuts
- Frosting and fillings made with cream cheese
- Home-canned foods
- Any product that requires temperature (cold or hot) maintenance
For more specifics, please review the guidelines for bake sales and home-produced baked goods. Additionally, your local Health Environmentalist can assist you with the requirements and associated regulations for selling baked goods to the public.
To apply, submit your application to your local Health Environmentalist at least five working days prior to your event.
Carroll County Health Center – (502) 732-6641
Gallatin County Health Center – (859) 567-2844
Owen County Health Center – (502) 484-5736
Pendleton County Health Center – (859) 654-6985