The Near & Far Aid Association granted $20,000 to the Person-to-Person Emergency Assistance Program.

Person-to-Person Executive Director Ceci Maher said Near & Far Aid has contributed consistently to the program over the years.

"This is a significant award because the Emergency Assistance Program is at the core of our service offering," she said, "providing food, clothing, financial assistance, crisis counseling and referrals to our clients."

When Near & Far Aid President Bitsy Higgins informed the Darien-based P2P about the grant she said the award makes a meaningful difference in the lives of so many men, women and children living in poverty.

"We take great pride in the work we do and endeavor to draw greater attention to poverty in Fairfield County, which will result in better funding for programs that address this issue."

According to Maher, although Fairfield County is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation there are people in the area who face significant financial challenges on a daily basis.

"We are grateful for the continuing commitment and support of Near & Fair Aid, which enables us to extend our services to meet the need in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, New Canaan, Weston, Westport and Wilton."