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Alchemist Community Development Corporation is an organization that seeks to support Sacramento area residents on creating vibrant, equitable, and diverse communities. They strive to make life in communities’ healthy and improve in areas such as physical, economic, and social development.

“For most of Alchemist CDC’s existence, our projects have been focused on improving access to healthy foods,” Davida Douglas, Executive Director of Alchemist CDC says. “Currently that includes operating CalFresh processing systems and incentive programs at farmers’ markets, partnering with convenience stores to help them stock fresh produce and be better community stewards, and policy work on Urban Agriculture. This has come out of being responsive to opportunities and specific requests from community members and other non-profit organizations or community groups.”

With the holiday season and New Year almost ending, Alchemist CDC marked a productive year in which low income families were able to access healthy foods through CalFresh/EBT at Farmers’ Markets and Market Match Programs. Alchemist CDC highlights what they achieved in the year 2014. Compared to 2013, there was 25% increase on over $140,500 in CalFresh sales at eight farmer’s markets. Two new markets of CalFresh/EBT systems had also been established, located in Country Club Plaza and Galt. In addition, there was an 80% increase on the incentive dollars distributed for Market Match fruits and vegetables.

Along with the success of CalFresh/EBT, Alchemist CDC would like to expand into Healthy Convenience Store Makeovers. This would increase the access local Sacramento area residents have over fresh produce. Alchemist CDC plans to adquire, conduct, and connect with stores, ensuring that the materials and needs are met.

“This will be achieved with support from individuals, foundations and government grants and community partners,” Douglas states.

Alchemist CDC wants to bring a nutritious lifestyle to stores for Sacramento area residents to access and if you would like to support their efforts for 2015, you can donate online here: http://www.alchemistcdc.org/make-a-donation/