Subject: Support Food Freedom in Kentucky - Tell Your Senator to Support HB 263!

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Support Food Freedom in Kentucky
Tell Your Senator to Support HB 263
Dear Friend,

Kentucky House Bill 263 (HB 263) would allow anyone to sell certain foods made in his/her own kitchen to a consumer. Currently, Kentucky’s cottage food law is limited to farmers only, and only if the farmer has grown the main ingredient. The current law also limits the farmers to selling at farmers' markets, certified roadside stands, and the farm.

HB 263 would allow both farmers and non-farmers to make and sell cottage food products, regardless of who grew the main ingredients. The allowed foods are whole fruits and vegetables, mixed greens, jams, jellies, sweet sorghum syrup, preserves, fruit butter, bread, fruit pies, cakes, and cookies. (Low-acid and acidified foods would also be allowed, but still only when made by small farmers.) The bill would also allow sales via pick-up and delivery, community events, and online, in addition to the cottage food producers’ home, farmers' markets, and roadside stands.

HB 263 has passed the House and had a hearing before the Senate Ag Committee, but the Committee has not voted on it yet.

Please help us pass this bill by contacting your State Senator (see details below). And then share this alert with your networks and friends.

- FTCLDF Team
TAKE ACTION #1:

Call or email your State Senator and urge him or her to support HB 263. You can look up who represents you here.

Calls are more effective than emails, and they take just a couple of minutes! Be sure to mention that you are a constituent.

Sample Message:
Hi, my name is ___ and I am a constituent. I am calling to ask Senator ____ to support HB 263." [Explain why this is important to you in 2-3 sentences. You can use any of the talking points below to help you get started. Remember to make it personal, about why this matters to you.]

TALKING POINTS:

• Allowing farmers to make value-added food products from ingredients raised by other farmers helps both the cottage food producer—who can expand their sales—and the other farmers.
• The bill would also allow non-farmers to make and sell food products to consumers, which would help more small food businesses get started. The current restriction on who can produce and sell cottage food products does not improve public safety. If it is safe for a farmer to produce and sell cottage food products, then it is also safe for a home baker to do the same.
• HB 263 gives consumers more choices about who and where to buy their food.
• Cottage food products have an excellent track record for safety. There have been no foodborne illness outbreaks attributed to the consumption of a cottage food product in Kentucky. If there ever is a problem, locally produced food has a high degree of traceability.

MORE INFORMATION:

Who We Are/What We Do

Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF), a 501(c)(4) nonprofit, defends the rights and broadens the freedoms of family farms and artisan food producers while protecting consumer access to raw milk and nutrient-dense foods.

Learn more About Us.
www.farmtoconsumer.org | 703-208-FARM (3276) | info@farmtoconsumer.org
8116 Arlington Blvd Suite #263, Falls Church, VA 22042, United States
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