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.
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.
To see an interactive map of markets that accept CalFresh, and those that participate in Market Match, click here.
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.
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. In 2016, Alchemists CDC has seen over $172,000 CalFresh dollars spent at our markets alone! As you can see from the chart below, CalFresh spending has steadily trended up this year:
The government estimates that every dollar of CalFresh money spent in our region generates $1.79 in total community spending. Therefore, in 2016, Alchemist CDC generated over $308,000 in extra local economic activity for the Sacramento region!