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The Memorial Health Fund has awarded a $250,000 grant to increase healthy food access to York County residents in need.

The grant will go toward a collaborative effort between the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Catholic Harvest Food Pantry, New Hope Ministries and the York County Food Alliance called "A Seat at the Table," according to a news release.

The money will be used to hire a program manager to gather data to map a healthy food access network, invest with charitable food providers to model best practices and implement improvement so that food providers, youth programs and nutrition access systems can respond to recommendations.

The Memorial Health Fund, a supporting organization of York County Community Foundation, is accepting applications for other grants from nonprofit organizations through June 2, according to its website.

Applications must address one of these issues: improving overall community health, providing resources for the restoration and maintenance of health, bringing high-quality health care services to the greater York area, promoting general health and wellness of persons in the greater York area, promoting health education, engaging in fundraising and related activities or programs or engaging in other activities directly or indirectly, including making grants to other nonprofit organizations to enable them to carry out these activities.

In 2016, the fund granted about $300,000 to organizations, including Family First Health and York County Children's Advocacy Center.

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