Farmers Market Food Justice Volunteer

  • Sacramento, CA, US
  • Rancho Cordova, CA, US
  • Elk Grove, CA, US

Email Claire Curley at Alchemist Community Development Corporation at claire@alchemistcdc.org

Let me know why you're interested in volunteering, which market(s) you're interested in, and tell me about your favorite seasonal fruit or veggie!

Want to help families eat more fruits and vegetables? Are you passionate about food justice and increasing access to healthy food? As an Alchemist CDC Support Volunteer, you will help fellow Sacramentans use their CalFresh benefits (formerly known as food stamps) at local Farmers Markets.

Duties for the Market Volunteer include processing EBT cards, distributing scrip, and collecting scrip from the vendors (farmers). The Market Volunteer shift is from about 7:30am to about 12:30pm, depending on the market. You'll be working with an experienced volunteer or staff member at the booth during the most active part of the market to ensure a great experience for the CalFresh recipients and farmers.

Market Volunteer opportunities are now open at a variety of Sacramento area farmers markets including Central Farmers' Market in Downtown Sacramento, Laguna Gateway Farmers Market in Elk Grove, Midtown Farmers Market in Midtown Sacramento, and Sunrise Station Farmers Market in Rancho Cordova.

Alchemist volunteers have a direct and immediate impact on their community! They spend the morning at the farmers market, help to increase local food access, and have fun doing it!

All volunteers receive a hands-on training and we ask that you make a commitment to volunteer at four (4) market days over the first three months. Unsure if you want to commit? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator to shadow an experienced staff or volunteer at a farmers market.

Our Purpose:

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.

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  • Midtown Farmers Market 1050 20th Street
    Sacramento, CA, US 95811
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  • Laguna Gateway Farmers Market 8245 Laguna Blvd
    Elk Grove, CA, US 95758
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  • Central Farmers Market 8th & W Streets
    Sacramento, CA, US 95811
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  • Sunrise Station Farmers Market Sunrise & Folsom Blvd
    Rancho Cordova, CA, US 95742
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  • Duration:

    3 months or longer
  • Time commitment:

    Occasional (weekly or monthly)
  • Times of day:

    Mornings
  • Days of week:

    Weekends
  • Schedule:

    Flexible schedule
  • Extra details:

    Training provided

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