CalFresh at Farmers’ markets: Connecting Families to Farmers
Alchemist CDC Operates the CalFresh Systems at the Following Farmers’ Markets:
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Recipients of CalFresh assistance can use their benefits to buy fresh fruits and vegetables at many local farmers’ markets thanks to Alchemist CDC! This program increases equitable access at farmers’ markets by setting up booths which run an EBT machine and scrip system, enabling CalFresh recipients to buy fresh, healthy, local produce. CalFresh (previously known as Food Stamps) provides qualifying lower income individuals financial assistance in purchasing food for themselves and their families. In addition, Alchemist CDC distributes nutrition information and healthy recipes and develops multi-lingual promotions to encourage consumption of fresh, produce, and foster better eating habits among local CalFresh users. This program also adds to local farmers’ direct sales and increases attendance at farmers’ markets, enhancing the local economy.
Alchemist CDC, along with our wonderful volunteers and interns, facilitate CalFresh processing at 11 Certified Farmers’ Markets in the Sacramento region.
CalFresh Facts and Figures:
In 2018, Alchemists CDC saw over $235,000 CalFresh dollars spent at our partner markets alone!
The government estimates that every dollar of CalFresh money spent in our region generates $1.79 in total community spending. Therefore, in 2018, Alchemist CDC generated over $420,000 in extra local economic activity for the Sacramento region!
In the United States in FY2018, Alchemist’s partner markets accounted for 1.6% of SNAP (CalFresh) spent at all farmers’ markets nationwide! Our markets contributed a significant portion of the $15.1 million of SNAP funds spent at farmers’ markets, despite only accounting for 11 of the 3,487 farmers’ markets (0.3%) that accept SNAP.
Since it’s inception in late 2011, this program has demonstrated a clear trend of growth.