Temporary Food Service
All temporary food service providers are required to apply for a permit and comply with rules of operation found in our Temporary Food Permit Application. A temporary food service is a fixed location where food is provided for consumption for a period of 14 consecutive days or fewer in conjunction with a single event. If you advertise the event to the General Public with flyers, banners, newspaper articles or by other means, it is a temporary food service. Examples of these may include:
- Garage/Yard Sales
- Political Events
- Potluck Dinner
- Public Exhibition
Your event is NOT considered a temporary food service if the food is prepared or provided by members of the group FOR members of the group and their invited guests such as:
- A meeting or an event of a private or charitable organization, association, or club;
- An activity of a church or other religious congregation;
- A gathering such as a party, picnic, or potluck held by a neighborhood, family, community, school, or office
Food cooked in individual private homes MAY NOT be served at these kinds of events. All food must be prepared in a kitchen that is permitted by the Health Department or purchased from a source that is permitted by the Health Department.
Costs for Temporary Food Service Permits
- One-time Event: $20
- Yearly Permit: $45
Permit applications should be delivered along with payment to the Administration Offices of Randolph County Health Department or mailed with a check or money orders to:
Randolph County Health Department
1319 Hwy 24 E
P.O. Box 488
Moberly, MO 65270
If you have a tax exempt letter from the State of Missouri exempting you from State income tax, send a copy of this letter instead of payment. You must also use this checklist to get your temporary food service ready before the event. Everyone preparing or serving food at your temporary food service must be familiar with the Operating Rules so they will know the right and wrong way to prepare food for your customers.
We will provide you with help and suggestions to make your food as safe as possible for all who attend your event. If you have any questions or need any help planning your event, please contact us at (660) 263-6643.
View the temporary food service compliance checklist here.