Alchemist CDC

A Catalyst for Change

Alchemist CDC - A Catalyst for Change

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.


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.

Thanks to our 2015 Market sponsors!

We are pleased to acknowledge the contributions of two farmers’ market sponsors for 2015:

The Giarrizzo Family is a seasonal sponsor of the CalFresh program at the Promenade Farmers’ Market in Natomas and Magpie Cafe of Sacramento is our new six month sponsor of the Central Farmers’ Market.

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If you are interested in becoming a farmers’ market sponsor, there are several options available, which are outlined in the Sponsor Our Work section under Support Us/Make a Donation.


Market Match! Back for a limited time at select markets!


Market Match will be offered from January 1st through March 15th, 2015 – (or until funds are exhausted) at the Laguna Gateway Elk Grove and Arden Garden Farmers’ Markets. Just go to the CalFresh/EBT booth, use your EBT/CalFresh benefits to buy market vouchers, and get bonus vouchers good for fruits and
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! At Laguna Gateway farmers’ market- spend $10 with CalFresh to earn $5 extra, or spend $20 with CalFresh to earn $10 extra. At Arden Garden Market, spend at least $5 with CalFresh to earn a 100% match up to $10 extra! What a great way to stretch a tight food budget and bring home healthy food to your family.

Thank you for helping us raise $3,886.50!

A big thank you to Whole Foods Arden and everyone who participated in our 5% day on September 17th. Thanks to you, we raised $3,866.50 that will help us carry out our community projects.
Whole Foods Market Arden (4315 Arden Way, Sacramento 95864) is donating 5% of net sales on September 17th to Alchemist Community Development Corp.

facebooktotal raised5% Days are one meaningful way in which Whole Foods Market gives back to the local community. On designated days throughout the year, 5% of the day’s total net sales are donated to a local nonprofit organization. This month Whole Foods Market Arden is proud to support Alchemist CDC as their recipient.


We’re Famous!

Making Healthy Choices Convenient

Thanks to the California Endowment, Alchemist CDC is featured in the davida at ECMSacramento 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 Alchemist in Comstock's 01-14Market 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.

CA Food Policy Council Presents Legislative Report Card at State Capitol

To learn how legislation and legislators stack up on food and farming issues, read the CA Food Policy Council’s report 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: