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New York lemonade stands need permits, even if profits are going to charities

July 6, 2018 By Gordon Walker Special to the Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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As the summer months and blistering temperatures hit New York, some brave kids are setting up lemonade stands around the city, but they’re technically supposed to have permits even if their profits are going to charities.

According to Carolina Rodríguez, a spokeswoman from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, pop-up lemonade stands in the city are required to obtain a Temporary Food Service Establishment permit. Officials don’t usually make a fuss though, she told The New York Times.

Kathy Price, a Brooklyn mother, set up a stand to donate to Stand for Kids, a charity that uses proceeds to support 14 groups reuniting children taken by ICE with their parents, the Times reported.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a nonprofit dedicated to cancer research for children, also encourages young people to put up stands, but offer their thirst-quenching lemonade for free, and ask for donations instead.

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Luckily financial assistance for those rare cases where stands are fined by the city can be found with Country Time Legal-Ade, a new initiative sponsored by the Kraft Heinz Company that allocated $60,000 to help kids around the country pay their fines.

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