Checklist for Lemonade Day Temporary Food Services

A checklist to help prepare your entrepreneur(s) for a fun and safe Lemonade Day Alaska!

We wish you a successful and safe Lemonade Day Alaska! If you have any questions, contact a local environmental health officer at the State of Alaska Food, Safety, and Sanitation Program: 


  • Wash Your Hands - Access to restrooms or temporary hand-wash set-ups are needed to ensure everyone at the lemonade stand is keeping their hands clean.

  • Foods Allowed without a Permit - in addition to your lemonade, pre-packaged and unopened food like candy bars, potato chips, crackers, granola bars, and canned or bottled beverages may be sold. Homemade and commercially prepared goods such as cookies, muffins, brownies, donuts, and pies, may be served. Foods that require refrigeration are not allowed without a permit. 

    • You may apply for a temporary event food permit at the Health Department at 825 L Street. Located on the third floor and open 8:30 – 4:30. You can also complete the temporary food application form found online at the Food Safety page.

  • Do Not Touch Unpackaged Food - Do not make contact with ready-to-eat foods (such as ice, cookies, muffins, etc.) with bare hands. Workers must use gloves, tissues, tongs, or another utensil to work with and serve ready-to-eat foods.

  • Do Not Work Sick! Do not allow anyone with a fever, jaundice (yellow eyes or skin), sore throat/a runny nose, vomiting, or diarrhea to work at the lemonade stand.

  • Prevent Contamination - Store all food, equipment, and utensils at least 6 inches off of the ground. Keep all food covered. Keep all pets and people not working in the stand away from where the lemonade and food items are prepared.

  • Store Your Cups and Equipment - We recommend that you do not store or display unwrapped food directly on the tables. Instead, use plates or wrap the food. If you need to sanitize a food-contact surface, please use a wiping cloth. If you use a wiping cloth, store them in 50-100 ppm chlorine (bleach) [1 teaspoon in a gallon of water] or another approved sanitizer.

  • Dispose of Trash Correctly - All trash, food waste, and wastewater must be disposed of appropriately. Wastewater must be disposed of in a sanitary sewer or toilet.


This year, please consider alternatives to plastic! 

Ideas: use paper cups, straws, and napkins for customers.
Print promotional flyers on recycled paper. Use fabric, paper or heavy-duty reusable plastic tablecloths. 
Reuse and recycle as much as possible for Lemonade Day Alaska activities!

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