On January 1, 2019, Assembly Bill 2178 California Retail Food Code (CRFC): Limited Service Charitable Feeding Operation (LSCFO) goes into effect. The bill amended state law, the California Retail Food Code (CRFC), to provide regulatory flexibility for LSCFOs to serve wholesome food to those who are food insecure with a primary focus on food safety. It further provides for varying levels of food service requirements, including a registration option for LSCFOs conducting minimal food service activities. Below is a summary of food service options for LSCFOs and their associated requirements:
Food Service Type
Follow safe food practices for the
100 % Pre-packaged
These operations will fall under the
Completion of a Limited
Heating (and reheating for
Submit proof of non-profit
of a Limited Service
Food preparation beyond
Must obtain approval from DEH Plan Check.
Then, apply for a DEH Health Permit.
Meet CRFC requirements for a
The County of San Diego supports the local Live Well San
Diego Food System Initiative which works towards a robust and
resilient local food system that builds healthy communities, supports
the economy and enhances the environment. On December 12, 2018 the
County Board of Supervisors approved waiving the fees associated with
registering or obtaining a health permit for charitable feeding
organizations. This means that from
January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019 there is no cost to register or obtain a health permit from the Department of Environmental Health (DEH).
|Charitable Feeding Operation Publications|
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): PDF
Registration Form (Fillable): PDF
Registration Form (Print Version): PDF
Best Management Practices (BMPs): PDF
Requirements and Flow Chart: PDF
If you would like to know more about Charitable Feedings or have questions, please contact us at (858) 505-6803 or at DEHFoodSafety@sdcounty.ca.gov.