PORTLAND — The John T. Gorman Foundation is awarding $1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in each of Maine’s 16 counties to help residents facing mental illness, cancer and hunger.

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