Fresh food is just what the doctor ordered, and these prescriptions are coming to Detroit.
Matrix Human Services recently announced received an additional $75,000 grant from the Vera and Joseph Dresner Foundation. Through this grant and grants provided earlier this year by the Carl’s Foundation and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, Matrix has extended its Healthy Senior Living Initiative to families with children as well.
Matrix Human Services Healthy Senior Living Initiative wants to address mortality and morbidity rates among Detroit seniors aged 55 and older by improving nutrition literacy through access to fresh produce and increasing healthcare access via quarterly health screenings and care coordination services.
Because of the growing need to reach children with fresh food and health screenings, new additional Dresner and Carl’s Foundation grants in addition to the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, is helping Matrix Human Services to expand the fresh food and health screenings services to families with children.
The Fresh Food Prescription Program will utilize a combination of events, opportunities for program participants, educational tools and resources, and support to fulfill program goals and objectives. These activities include, but are not limited to:
- Forgotten Harvest and Eastern Market partnered, Weekly Produce Box Distribution/Drop Offs events
- Quarterly Health Screenings with the Health Unit on Davidson (HUDA Clinic)
- Monthly check-in opportunities with case managers/coordinators to ensure other needs are being met (mental health access, transportation, housing, employment, etc.)
Both programs operate out of our Matrix Center, located at 13560 E McNichols Rd, Detroit, MI 48205.
Here’s how families can sign up here.