Legalize Home Cooking in Washington!

Washington State Legislature

Img_0692

Home cooking is essential to our economy, our culture, and our communities.

For some, it is a way to share and preserve their family heritage. For others, it can enable them to weather an economic downturn, avoid displacement, or start their first small business. It can also be a way to build and strengthen connections between neighbors.

In Washington State, selling most home-cooked food is illegal and many home cooks operate outside of the formal economy. Help us change that by telling our representatives to legalize home cooking in Washington!

The state legislature can and should act to bring home cooking into the formal economy and create opportunities for micro-entrepreneurs (many of whom are women, immigrants, and people of color).

Help us build an inclusive, diverse, and delicious economy by adding your name and telling our state leaders to take action!

This petition was created by Washington Home Cooks, a partnership of Ventures (www.venturesnonprofit.org), a Seattle-based nonprofit, and home cooks across our state.

To: Washington State Legislature
From: [Your Name]

Home cooking is essential to our economy, our culture, and our communities.

For some, it is a way to share and preserve their family heritage. For others, it can enable them to weather an economic downturn, avoid displacement, or start their first small business. It can also be a way to build and strengthen connections between neighbors and community members.

In Washington State, unfortunately, selling most home-cooked food is illegal and many home cooks operate outside of the formal economy.

We believe that the state legislature can and should act to bring home cooking into the formal economy and create opportunities for micro-entrepreneurs (many of whom are women, immigrants, and people of color) who do not have access to the capital or connections needed to start a restaurant.

To our representatives in the Washington State legislature: we ask that you act to pass legislation that will increase access to entrepreneurship and empower home cooks in our communities!