Alchemist CDC is hiring a new Executive Director. As Alchemist CDC has continued to grow, we are looking to add to our management team to ensure continued efficient operations, successful completion of project deliverables, and high-quality delivery of service to the community. This is a positive move for Alchemist CDC that is part of our strategic plan to manage our growth and take on more complex community development projects.
As part of our Market Match program, we regularly do customer surveys. We recently received results from 2015/16 surveys and there are some very encouraging results. Because of Market Match, 82.9% of respondents said the amount of fruits and vegetables they purchase each week increased! Additionally, 85.6% of responding Market Match customers said that because of Market Match they now purchase different kinds of fruits and vegetables than they had been before. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, 70.9% of responding Market Match customers said that because of the program, their family’s health has improved. To learn more about this program, which is making a positive difference in peoples’ lives, visit the Market Match page.
2016 was a record year for Alchemist CDC at the farmers’ market. We began CalFresh processing at three additional markets, which gave us 13 markets total. At these markets, we saw over $248,000 spent in CalFresh last year. This means lower-income families were able to spend over $248,000 on local farmers’ market offerings, which they would not have access to without our work! We also saw an additional $70,000+ Market Match dollars spent on healthy, local produce at our markets. Between our CalFresh processing and Market Match programs over $300,000 extra dollars were spent in our local economy, benefiting local farmers and food producers, all thanks to Alchemist’s work. We could not do it without the help of our partners and supporters and we thank everyone who contributes to our great work!
On Sunday, January 29th stop in at Two Rivers Cider Company (4311 Attawa Ave., Sacramento, CA 95822) between 12-7pm to show your support for Alchemist CDC. Enjoy hanging out with friends, listening to music, drinking awesome locally produced hard cider and eating delicious food from Slightly Skewed food truck.
Music performances from The Outliers – Husband and wife math nerds who play classic and obscure American acoustic duets! and The Sasha and Jimmy Show – Singing smoky barroom harmonies. This event benefits Alchemist CDC’s programs http://www.alchemistcdc.org/other-projects/
The Sacramento Bee published an article regarding our Alchemy Kitchen project. “A food business incubator, Douglas said, could help small farmers start or expand their output of value-added products, or the foodstuffs they make with the crops they harvest. It could help low-income people realize their entrepreneurial dreams – some already get training in food service from local nonprofits. It could also help people operating under cottage food licenses to take their businesses to the next level.”
and here: alchemy-kitchen-press-release-11-1-2016
Thank you to everyone for your generous support and for joining us at our Catalyst for Change event.