CalFresh/EBT at Farmers’ Markets
Recipients of CalFresh assistance can now use their benefits to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at many local farmers’ markets. Alchemist Community Development Corporation is implementing CalFresh payment processing at Sacramento area Farmers’ Markets utilizing a scrip system. The CalFresh program (previously known as Food Stamps) offers qualifying lower income individuals financial assistance in purchasing food for themselves and their families. For information on CalFresh benefits, click here.
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Alchemist CDC, along with the Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services and our wonderful volunteers and interns, facilitates CalFresh processing at 13 Certified Farmers’ Markets in Sacramento.
Click here to download our CalFresh-friendly Farmers’ Market Flyer.
By providing the ability to use CalFresh at these markets, Alchemist hopes to make fresh produce more accessible to low-income individuals in these areas, while simultaneously increasing the sales for small-midsize farmers in California. This effort is in keeping with Alchemist CDC’s vision of a vibrant, equitable and diverse Sacramento. Farmers’ markets are an asset to communities, and can lead to improved health for area residents. By making it easier for low-income populations to purchase food at farmers’ markets, implementation of CalFresh acceptance makes these community assets more equitable and accessible to all individuals.
Alchemist CDC plans to continue to grow the number of farmers’ markets in Sacramento accepting CalFresh payment in the coming years. Click here for an interactive map of farmers’ markets that accept CalFresh payments.
CalFresh is making a difference:
Sacramento County was recently ranked 4th out of California’s 58 counties in terms of the highest CalFresh utilization relative to the number of low-income individuals who meet the eligibility criteria. Alchemist CDC is playing a large role in this high ranking. Between May 2015 and March 2016, Alchemists CDC has seen over $160,000 CalFresh dollars spent at our markets alone!
The government estimates that every dollar of CalFresh money spent in our region generates $1.79 in total community spending. Therefore, From May 2015 to March 2016, Alchemist CDC generated over $286,000 in extra local economic activity for the Sacramento region!