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Big money at stake if you can help meet a need in one community

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - You could make some big money if you can come up with a good idea to help solve a big need.

You can pick up $12,500 to fuel your plan in helping to bring nutrition to the city of Florence.

This push is called Healthy Food Access Entrepreneur Training.

A non-profit out of Charleston is partnering with the city to get healthy food in the hands of everyone.

The grant will  be given to one person who goes through a ten week course and ultimately has the best idea to get people that healthy food to those in need in the community.

This effort being launched by the city, is all about making sure everyone has access to healthy and fresh food.

A study conducted by the USDA determined certain areas of the city that are in what are called food deserts.

The lack of fresh foods and education about healthy eating is taking a toll on certain areas of the city.

Florence City Manager Drew Griffin, said in urban areas of Florence, life expectancy is cut by five years compared to the national average.

“It’s related to choice, it’s related to activity, it’s related to food accessibility and we are just trying to pull all that education and push that agenda,” Griffin said.

If you want to get involved all you have to do is apply through the Florence downtown development office.

The deadline to apply is August 26.

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