CalFresh (formerly known as Food Stamps) recipients can now use their benefits to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at several local farmers’ markets. Alchemist Community Development Corporation is operating CalFresh payment processing at five Sacramento area Farmers’ Markets utilizing a scrip system. The CalFresh program offers qualifying lower income individuals financial assistance in purchasing food for themselves and their families. Click here for a list of farmers’ markets in Sacramento and Yolo Counties that accept CalFresh payments.
Janet, a CalFresh customer at Laguna Farmers’ Market, follows this mantra: “You don’t have to be wealthy to be healthy!” She plans to make a berry smoothie with these fresh local blueberries- what’s your favorite blueberry recipe?
This year’s Market Match season at our markets is off to a great start! Just go to our CalFresh/EBT booths at Florin, Laguna, Sunrise, Central Markets, Promenade and Cesar Chavez, swipe your EBT card to buy scrip, and get bonus scrip good for fruit, nuts, or vegetables! Meanwhile, you can check out how the program helps CalFresh beneficiaries buy more fresh fruit and vegetables by clicking here. Tell your friends who use CalFresh!
Making Healthy Choices Convenient
Thanks to the California Endowment, Alchemist CDC is featured in the Sacramento News and Review, in a big, bold, full page feature by Mike Blount covering our work converting convenience stores to healthy, produce-selling stores. Blount writes, “In the past, finding healthy foods in South Sacramento required a visit to a grocery store, which could be more than a mile away. One nonprofit is working to change that through a new program funded by the Building Healthy Communities grant of The California Endowment.” Click here for the full article.
Alchemist CDC: Connecting Families to Farmers
And thanks to the City of Elk Grove, Comstock’s, a regional business magazine, has featured our work at farmers’ markets, administering Market Match, and converting convenience stores to healthier food sellers. Click here for the full article. In their “Capital Region Cares” section, the text quotes Elk Grove Mayor, Gary Davis, saying, “Alchemist CDC is helping our residents to make healthy choices with nutritious, locally grown produce from the region’s farms.” Elk Grove also sponsors our EBT-processing intern at the Laguna Farmers’ Market, so we are delighted to have their support and collaboration.
To learn how legislation and legislators stack up on food and farming issues, read the CA Food Policy Council’s report https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/6083/images/CAFoodPolRepr7sm-1.pdf It is the state’s first review of food and farm legislation with an eye to reform. It calls on the Legislature do much more. Better policies will make food and farms solutions to many challenges in the 21st century.
The CA Food Policy Council is led by Michael Dimmock (at the left in the photo), president of Roots of Change, a generous and supportive grantor to Alchemist CDC. “The California Food Policy Council is a collaborative of local food policy groups working to ensure that California’s food system reflects the needs of all of its communities. The purpose of the California Food Policy Council (CAFPC) is to build the capacity of local food policy bodies to find common ground on policy priorities, generate public support for those policies, educate policymakers on issues in our food system, and advocate for food systems change in California.” For more info: http://www.rootsofchange.org/content/activities-2/california-food-policy-council