Guidelines for Pot Luck Meals

Pot Luck meals are limited to informal activities where there is no money collected and the public does not attend. They are a 1-time, 1-location event. Foods may be prepared at home; these events do not require a permit.
  • Food items may be made in private homes for pot luck meals.
  • No money may be collected and the general public may not attend.
  • The sponsor should retain a list of who donated what food items in case of any necessary follow up.
  • Prior to preparing any foods, everyone should thoroughly wash their hands with soap and warm water. Hand washing is to be repeated after any act that could contaminate hands, such as coughing, eating, handling garbage, or using the toilet. Prior to preparing any foods, all surfaces should be thoroughly cleaned. After preparing raw meats clean all work surfaces completely before preparing fruits, salads, sandwiches or dessert items.
  • When possible, products should be individually wrapped to protect them from contamination while they are being transported, stored, or displayed.
  • To transport cold food, wrap it and place in a cooler chest with ice or ice packs. If you are transporting hot food, keep them hot by wrapping the food in saran and foil and covering the food with clean towels and placing in a container. Serve or reheat within 1 hour.
  • Tongs or other utensils or tissues should be used for necessary handling of unprotected single units during service.
  • Leftovers should be discarded.
  • It is important let people know that pot luck events are not inspected by the local health department.
  • Event holders for pot luck events need to read the Pot luck Advisory
These are guidelines only and do not supersede compliance with 590.000.