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
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Completion of a Limited Service
Heating (and reheating for
Submit proof of non-profit status
of a Limited Service
Food preparation beyond
Must obtain approval from DEHQ Plan Check.
Then, apply for a DEHQ 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 the Department of Environmental Health and Quality (DEHQ) will not be charging a fee for any charitable feeding organizations that need to register or obtain a health permit.
As the holidays near, if you are looking to volunteer or if you or
someone you know is in need of food, please visit the San
Diego Food Bank webpage for a schedule of food distributions
taking place this month. Lists are organized according to
|Charitable Feeding Operation Publications|
*NEW* Charitable Feeding Operations During COVID-19: PDF
*NEW* Holiday Charitable Feeding Guidance During COVID-19: PDF
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.