The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation has awarded the Darien-based Person-to-Person a $160,000 grant that will help the agency fight poverty in Norwalk and assist a greater number of people across a broader area.
"P2P provides critical support to those in need and there are too many families facing financial instability and food insecurity within our local communities," Alex Cohen said. "We are proud to support P2P in the tremendously effective work it does to help people who need help in Norwalk and nearby towns."
The foundation's gift has helped renovate P2P's Norwalk center, which has allowed P2P to extend its hours, add casework offices and renovate the food pantry. P2P hosted a series of events to increase awareness and develop deeper relationships with prospective and existing volunteers and donors. The remaining funds are supporting program expenses at P2P's Norwalk location.
"As a result of the gift, we expanded the Norwalk Emergency Food Pantry to offer a self-select shopping model that allows clients to choose their own groceries," P2P Executive Director Ceci Maher said. "We also have a reception area to welcome our clients, and private offices for caseworkers to meet with clients, all of which allows us to assist our clients and preserve their dignity.
"By helping P2P provide food in an atmosphere of dignity and respect, and offering emergency financial assistance for utility bills, and rents, the Cohen Foundation is making a real difference in the lives of people who are struggling to make ends meet," Maher said.