Alchemist CDC

A Catalyst for Change

Alchemist CDC - A Catalyst for Change

Market Match Spending on the Rise

Market Match is an incentive and bonus program offered to Calfresh food MM Spending Dec 15 to July 16stamp recipients and it is the best way to make CalFresh dollars go further at the farmers’ market. When someone spends their CalFresh benefits at participating farmers’ markets, they receive extra Market Match funds in the form of vouchers to spend on fresh produce and nuts. Since December 2015, Alchemist has seen steady growth in Market Match spending at our farmers’ markets.

As we move through the heart of the harvest season we look forward to seeing these numbers continue to climb! Check out our Market Match page under the Projects tab for more information and visit fmfinder.org for an interactive map of farmers’ markets currently offering Market Match.

CalFresh households benefit from EBT at local farmers markets

From 2009 to 2014, government assistance known nationally as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) redemptions at farmers markets have grown by 350 percent. Locally, it is estimated that up to 200,000 CalFresh-eligible households in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, and Nevada Counties may benefit from this work!
Thanks to a three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Alchemist CDC, the Health Education Council, and Public Health Institute Center for Wellness & Nutrition have partnered to enable regional farmers markets to accept CalFresh EBT benefits in order to increase low-income families’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The work locally is part of a USDA-wide effort to strengthen local and regional food systems and increase access to fruits and vegetables.
To find a farmers market that accepts CalFresh EBT near you, visit www.FMFinder.org.

What a difference a year makes!

Alchemist CDC has seen the number of CalFresh dollars spent at its markets rise from $15,204 in May 2015 to $16,763 in May 2016! Some specific markets have seen particularly impressive increases:

          Market Name CalFresh Dollars Redeemed in May 2015 CalFresh Dollars Redeemed in May 2016
Sunrise Station Farmers’ Market $514 $1,028
Country Club Plaza Farmers’ Market $925 $1,537
Florin Farmers’ Market $4,014 $4,576
Laguna Farmers’ Market $1,026 $1,156

The federal government estimates that every dollar of CalFresh money spent in our region generates $1.79 in total community spending, by this measure, this increase has generated an extra $2,700 in community spending compared to last May! Alchemist CDC, with the help of our partners and volunteers, has worked hard to create these increases. We will continue to work to increase the availability and access to healthy, fresh, local produce for all our neighbors

Pansy Ave. Pocket Park?

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[UPDATE] On Tuesday, May 3rd, on the Sacramento City Council approved a consent calendar vote on “Disposition of 3601 Pansy Avenue” to formally begin the process of transferring control of the lot to Alchemist CDC. We look forward to working with SHRA as we move forward in our efforts to turn this vacant lot into a thriving neighborhood-serving “pocket park”. The plans for this vacant lot were guided by resident input. We are eager to starting working side-by-side with neighbors and community organization partners as we build this community space. Please get in touch with us to find out how you can get involved in supporting this project, through volunteering, offering professional skilled labor (general contractors, carpenters, irrigation specialists, landscape/hardscape, etc.) or monetary or in-kind donations.

Vegan Chefs’ Table event was a success!

A big thank you to everyone who attended and helped out at our Vegan Chefs’ Table event. It was delicious and fun. I look forward to seeing everyone again at next year’s event.

Event sponsors:

Two Rivers Cider Co. TwoRiversLogo

In kind supporters of this event include:

Two Rivers Cider
Durst Organic Growers
Blackbird Kitchen+Beer Gallery
Lisa Musilli Johnson – Metro Kitchen & Drinkery
Raphael Kendall, chef with Capitol Garage
Suleka Sun-Lindley, Chef at Thai Basil
FJ Villalobos and Matthew Brown, Chefs at 58 Degrees and Holding
Chris Barnum, Chef at Localis

 

Thanks for everyone that joined in being a Catalyst for Change!

Alchemist CDC’s annual Catalyst For Change fundraiser was a great success. Attendees enjoyed delicious pizza from Federalist Public House, judged a pizza cook-off and enjoyed bocce ball and great conversations.

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Sponsors:

Neighborhood Champion ($1000)

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Food Access Ally ($500)

West Coast Mortgage Group and Realty
Magpie
Law Offices of Scot Bernstein

Alchemist Friends ($250)

Five Star Bank
ECOM Engineering, Inc.
Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op
Kevin & Libby Sanchez
UFCW Western States Council

New Year’s Resolutions & Nonprofits

According to Luis D. Sosa, Communications Associate at Sacramento Region Community Foundation in his blog entry about resolutions for the New Year, the Sacramento area has some amazing nonprofits that can help everyone stay true to their resolutions all year long, including Alchemist CDC which he aligns with the ever popular “eating healthy” resolution.

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Sosa writes, “Losing weight often connects to eating healthy, and nonprofits in our region are making healthy food choices accessible to everyone. Alchemist CDC, for example, is implementing CalFresh payment processing at Sacramento area Farmers’ Markets, aiming to “make fresh produce more accessible to low-income individuals, while simultaneously increasing the sales for small-midsize farmers in California.”

You can read the entire blog entry by following this link.