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
Jamie Oliver (seen here inside his big rig with Mayor Kevin Johnson and Guerilla Gardener Ron Finley) is in town, and his organization is providing free cooking lessons. His local crew includes former Alchemist intern, Everett Lacey. The California Endowment and Mayor Kevin Johnson launched the program at a press conference today – lots of our BHC friends were in attendance. And Guerilla Gardener Ron Finley was there too! Jamie’s great big trailer, with an amazing kitchen inside, will be in Oak Park/South Sacramento soon to offer classes and spread the word about how to prepare fresh food. Sign up for classes online. And check out Jamie’s Facebook for some good-looking recipes!