Over $200,000 in grants were awarded Monday by the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation and Regional Affiliates to local and regional projects and programs.

* Calhoun County Family Resource Network — $7,120 to support the Calhoun County Nourishing Network's efforts to improve access to healthy, whole foods for youth, resource-limited families, and seniors.

* Minnie Hamilton Health System — $11,600 to assist with the purchase of medication carts.

The PACF presented $209,056 in grants through its Community Action Grants Program to organizations within its 11-county service region, including Wood, Wirt, Ritchie, Doddridge, Mason, Calhoun, Gilmer, Roane, Pleasants and Jackson counties in West Virginia, and Washington County, Ohio.

Of this total, the foundation's Ritchie County Community Foundation affiliate awarded $2,890; the remainder of grants came from PACF funds. Some of the grants went to support programs designed to address food insecurity and provide healthy food choices. Others supported parks and recreation facilities, programs addressing substance abuse and access to oral health care, equipment needs for volunteer fire departments and projects in education, arts and human and youth services.

Grants awarded through the PACF's Community Action Grants Program are made possible by individuals and businesses that have established a charitable fund with the PACF.

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