NEW YORK — A number of food retailer companies of varying sizes met last month to find out about how to receive publicly supported grants and loans that would help them build or improve stores in underserved neighborhoods in New York state — so-called “food deserts” that lack access to fresh foods. The financing comes from a new public/private program, the New York Healthy Food & Healthy Communities (HFHC) Fund, which is making $30 million available to food desert projects. The fund — ...

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