Buckets of Rain

Buckets of Rain (BoR) is a nonprofit that assists communities where access to fresh food is limited. It’s main goal is provide fresh food, but their efforts also help to reduce urban blight through their gardens. BoR is a key partner in The Highland Park Community Crisis Coalition (HPC3.) BoR will be procuring food, personal supplies and water or filters for residents of Highland Park.

The Clinic to Farm to Table program at the S.A.Y. Detroit Family Health Clinic enables doctors to write free “prescriptions” for patients with diet-related health issues such as diabetes, obesity or hypertension. These patients can then visit BoR’s one-acre urban garden (rows of raised beds sitting upon pavement) across from the clinic for six weeks' worth of the recommended vegetables at no cost. Not only does BoR supply vegetables throughout the growing season, but they also provide patients with nutritious smoothies throughout the winter!

When the fresh food prescription is out of refills, the patient can return to the clinic for a visit and receive additional refills of the prescription for her vegetables. Doctors monitor participants and look for positive changes in their health based on an improved diet.

Click here for a short news story on the program.

Chris Skellenger, BoR's founder, helps with a 'prescription'
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