I live in Oregon and I was wondering if I have to be licensed/certified if I bake and just accept non-required donations. I was thinking of doing this and all the donations will go to our no kill animal shelter.
There is an allowance for unlicensed sales at religious or charitable events, and I also think it would be okay if you were simply giving your food away as the donation itself, but I don’t think this private nonprofit business would be included in those. This question really brings up a gray area that I don’t think has been covered in the food code, so it would be up to the health dept to decide and you should call them. But my guess is that this would not be allowed without some kind of license, but the fact that it is an optional donation might have an impact. I’d be interested to hear if this isn’t the case.
Brandy, I just found something that I had missed in the past: “A license is not required for a domestic kitchen type bakery that is operated in behalf of a nonprofit institution or is otherwise not operated for profit.”
So it looks like you’re good as long as you’re only doing baked items.