Buckets of Rain
Buckets of Rain is a nonprofit that assists communities where access to fresh food is limited. Their main goal is provide fresh food, but they also reduce urban blight through their gardens. During the summer of 2018 Buckets of Rain distributed 90,200 free servings of vegetables grown at their Detroit urban farms to homeless shelters, neighbors and their ‘Clinic to Farm to Table’ participants.
The Clinic to Farm to Table program at the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic enables doctors to write “prescriptions” for patients with diet-related health issues such as diabetes, obesity or hypertension. These patients can then visit Bucket of Rain’s one-acre urban garden (rows of raised beds sitting upon pavement) across from the clinic for a week’s worth of the recommended vegetables at no cost.
When the fresh food prescription is out of refills, the woman can return to the clinic for a visit and receive additional refills of the prescription for her vegetables. The doctors can then monitor the participants and look for positive changes in their health based on an improved diet.