Two York County nonprofit agencies are among a host of others in all of Maine’s 16 counties to benefit from $1 million in grants from the John T. Gorman Foundation to help residents facing mental illness, cancer and hunger.

Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center in Biddeford was awarded $10,000 to help provide low income families with food and connections to community services, according to a news release from the foundation.

Additionally, York County Community Action, a county-wide organization based in Sanford, will receive $25,000 to support an array of mental health services.

The grandson of L.L. Bean established his namesake foundation to help disadvantaged Mainers. All told, grants were awarded to 52 Maine organizations.

In recent years, the independent foundation focused on improving educational achievement for children, promoting successful transitions to adulthood for vulnerable youth, helping struggling parents to support their families and enabling low-income seniors to remain in their homes as long as possible.

This time, the foundation added food as a focus area. The foundation says nearly one in four Maine children has experienced food insecurity in the past year.

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