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Food Safety for Industry

Church or Charitable (Non-Profit) Events

Church banquetSouth Carolina churches often hold Sunday or mid-week meals for members and guests.

Churches and charities (non-profits) also hold fundraising barbecues, holiday carnivals and other events open to the public involving food service. Some organizations sponsor soup kitchens and special meals as a public service.

Permit(s) Needed

  • Serving members and guests only: No permit is needed from DHEC for strictly in-house functions.
  • Serving the public, on church/charity premises, no more than 12 functions in a 12-month period: No permit is needed from DHEC, regardless of whether or not the church/charity charges for the food.
  • Serving the public, on church/charity premises, 13 or more functions in a 12-month period: The church/charity must get the appropriate food service permit from DHEC, regardless of whether or not the church charges for the food. Depending on circumstances, the organization may need to apply for and meet the requirements of a:
  • Serving the public, away from church/charity premises:  Regardless of whether or not the church/charity charges for the food,  the church or charity will need to apply for and meet the requirements of the most appropriate permit: