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ORGANIZATION: Alchemist CDC

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Are you looking to give back and get outdoors this spring? Volunteer with Alchemist CDC's CalFresh at Farmers Markets program!

Your volunteer time directly creates equitable access to fresh, healthy, local food for every Sacramento resident!

CalFresh at Farmers' Markets facilitates the use of CalFresh/EBT and Pandemic EBT/P-EBT cards at Sacramento County farmers' markets. As a volunteer, you will help debit benefits from a customer's card and help receive redeemed vouchers from farmers.

Our program operates on Saturdays at Arden's Country Club Plaza Farmers' Market from 8am-12:30pm, as well as the following markets this summer:

Sunday
Central (Under the bridge): 8am-12:30pm
Meadowview Light Rail Station (South Sac): 8am-1:30pm

Wednesday
Capitol Mall: 9am-1:30pm

Thursday
Florin Light Rail Station (South Sac): 8am-12:30pm

Saturday
Laguna (Elk Grove): 8am-12:30pm
Midtown: 8am-1:30pm
Natomas: 8am-12:30pm
Sunrise Light Rail Station (Rancho Cordova): 8am-12:30pm

Volunteer shifts vary in length from 2.5 to 4.5 hours, and can be customized to fit your schedule. All shifts are hands-on, in-person at the farmers' markets.

Our CalFresh community is diverse, and we welcome volunteers that can speak a second language (including Arabic, Cantonese, Farsi, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese).


Give back to the community this spring by providing equitable access to fresh food for all!

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About Alchemist CDC

Location:

4625 44th Street, Suite 33, Sacramento, CA 95820, US

Mission Statement

Alchemist Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting communities to land, food and opportunity toward a vision in which all neighborhoods are vibrant, equitable, healthy, and diverse.

Description

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, we rely on the help of volunteers to connect communities to land, food and opportunity toward a vision in which all neighborhoods are vibrant, equitable, healthy, and diverse. We offer a range of volunteer opportunities across three different programs: CalFresh at Farmers' Markets, Neighborhood Empowerment, and Community Connections 95820.

CalFresh at Farmers' Markets: this program operates CalFresh processing at multiple farmers' markets throughout Sacramento County through . The CalFresh program offers qualifying lower income individuals financial assistance in purchasing food for themselves and their families. Farmers' markets are a great asset to communities, and can lead to improved health for area residents. By making it easier for lower-income populations to purchase food at farmers' markets, these community assets will become more equitable and accessible to all individuals. CalFresh at Farmers' Markets volunteers assist in processing SNAP transactions, distribute EBT and Market Match vouchers, and assist in redemption of vouchers from farmers' market vendors.

Neighborhood Empowerment: We believe that communities have within themselves the vision, passions, and ability to do good and great things. We also recognize that many great ideas can be held back by the need for formal organizational structure. We see our role in the community as providing the structure and support of a trellis on which the vines of grassroots collaboration can grow, flourish, and bear fruit. In this capacity, Alchemist is best known for our Land-Based Work. Through these projects, we help transform blighted land into vibrant, neighborhood amenities through direct community engagement, design, and hands-on participation in creating public gardens and community gathering spaces.

Community Connections 95820: We deliver farm fresh produce and grocery staples to low-income families in south Sacramento that have barriers to accessing traditional emergency food distribution sites during the COVID crisis, (e.g., immunocompromised, senior or other COVID-vulnerable family members in the household, lack of transportation, single caregivers, etc.) We deliver this food right to their door every week at no charge. We prioritize purchasing our produce from small-midsize local growers whenever possible, resulting in additional economic support for our region.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Community
Hunger
Advocacy & Human Rights, Community, Hunger

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

2405 Butano DriveSacramento, CA 95825

(38.6087,-121.38016)
 

SKILLS

  • Nutrition
  • Community Outreach
  • Arabic
  • Cross-cultural Communication
  • Russian
  • Spanish

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • We encourage our volunteers to commit 20 hours to our program, which equates to 6-12 shifts, by volunteering on a weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly basis.
  • We also welcome minor volunteers that are at least 14 years old! But to stay in compliance with CA Bill AB506, a guardian needs to be present with the minor throughout the duration of their shift.

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