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Garden grape tomatoes

Garden grape tomatoes Photo Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

Community access to healthy food — and to grocery stores that stock it — will be the focus of a Thursday session at Farmingdale State University.

The session will be presented by the Empire State Development and the not-for-profit Sustainable Long Island.

Representatives of the two agencies will talk about a $30 million statewide program that provides grants and loans for food markets "in communities that lack access to stores with healthy food options."

"These areas, known as 'food deserts,' are often located in low income communities where the only food available is from fast food restaurants or convenience stores that stock mostly packaged and processed food," a state news release said.

The event runs from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Thursday at Knapp Hall on the Farmingdale campus.  Above, a harvest of garden grape tomatoes.

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