Message from the Exective Director
Please read our latest newsletter (posted under the “Misc. Information” tab) to find out what’s been happening at WHEAT. Our lead off story is very important: it’s about the impact federal government tariffs are having on non profit feeding agencies like WHEAT. Since the tariffs have been put into place, food usually donated by food manufacturers without cost, are passing along their financial losses due to the tariffs to food banks nationally. At WHEAT we are now scrutinizing items we order from the Connecticut Food Bank to see what costs are now associated with items we need. In short, we are now spending money on a weekly basis that we never did before. This impacts the quantity and type of food we distribute to our clients.
The fact that this story was reported on NPR recently should remind us all that whatever happens on a national level trickles down to the local level. We are not exempt from the impact of cuts in food stamps, childhood hunger prevention, adjustments to Medicare or Social Security, and certainly not poverty among our veterans due to lack of benefits, housing and jobs.
The tariffs make your donations even more valuable in helping us continue our mission of providing food to West Haven residents in need. Thank you for all of your help. I wish you all a wonderful holiday season.
Rose Majestic, Executive Director
2018 WHEAT December Schedule
Food donations can be brought Tuesday thru Friday between 9:30 and 4:30 until 4:30 p.m. on December 21st ; and on Saturday, December 15 from 9:00-noon.
**No perishable items please—no turkeys, hams, chickens, etc. The freezers are full. We’ll gladly accept non perishable items.
WHEAT will be closed from December 22 until January 2nd. The office will re-open at 9:30 and the pantry at 2:00.
Pantry is open Tuesday thru Friday 2:00-4:30 until 4:30 p.m. on December 21st. The pantry will also be open on Saturday, December 15th from 9:00-noon. Happy Holidays.