The Darien-based Person-to-Person was awarded a $7,500 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support the agency's emergency assistance program, which provides financial support, clothing, food and supplies to individuals and families in lower Fairfield County.

Person-to-Person's emergency assistance program focuses on helping low-income individuals and families at their point of need. In addition to food and other necessities, the program provides financial support for rent payments, security deposits and utility bills.

"Thanks to the generosity of Bank of America, and other good corporate citizens like them, Person-to-Person is able to reach those who are struggling to feed their families and keep their children warm and is also able to provide services that offer those in crisis a brighter future," said Ceci Maher, executive director of Person-to-Person.

The award from Bank of America comes on the heels of the November merger of Person-to-Person with Christian Community Action in Norwalk, which provides emergency assistance to low-income individuals and families through its food pantry program, furniture program and other projects.

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"We live and work in lower Fairfield County, and are well aware of the serious issues facing our communities," said Bill Tommins, southern Connecticut market president of Bank of America. "These funds build on our longstanding partnership with Person-to-Person, and will help the organization continue to address the critical needs of local residents."

Person-to-Person, recently merged with CCA, has facilities in Darien and Norwalk. In 2012, the two locations collectively provided 449,316 meals, served more than 23,000 people, provided emergency financial assistance to 1,241 families, collected and distributed more than 50,000 bags of free clothing, and provided 170 students with scholarships for college.