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END HUNGER!

1 in 5 Children are Hungry in the United States. 

Our MISSION

To Provide Supplemental Food to Low-Income Residents in Need.

ABOUT US

The West Haven Emergency Assistance Taskforce (WHEAT) was founded in 1975 by the West Haven Clergy Association as a central place where West Haven residents in crisis could go for food, instead of going from congregation to congregation. The Clergy Association established WHEAT as a charity whose foundation is not based on just feeding people, but on the belief in social justice.

 

W.H.E.A.T. is a private, non-profit, 501c3 charity that exists on donations of food and funds from individuals, faith communities, educational, civic, and business organizations as well as grants from public and private foundations.

 

For 45 years our food pantry has been providing food and referral services to West Haven residents in need.  Currently we are helping 5,000 households, which includes 1,000 school-aged children.

 

WHEAT is a volunteer agency with a full-time executive director and two part-time employees. It is only through their hard work and the generosity of our community that WHEAT accomplishes its mission. The faithfulness of your support has kept our doors open even as the number of people who need us continues to grow each year.

Our collaborations have grown over the years and include Veterans Affairs, West Haven Community House, Yale New Haven Hospital Project Mothercare clinic, West Haven faith communities, West Haven Chamber of Commerce, West Haven Rotary Club, Alex’s Soup Kitchen, Project Hope Soup Kitchen, City of West Haven’s Mayor’s Advisory Commission and the West Haven Community​ Development Association.

 

Sincerely,

Rose Majestic
Executive Director

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                    Hours of Operations

OPEN:  Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays

Pantry:  2:00-4:30 p.m.    Make sure you bring:

          -Photo ID

          -2 pieces of mail

          -Husky OR Social Security Cards OR Birth Certificates if there are more than 4 people in a household.

                    DONATIONS:

Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 10:00-4:30.  Please take donations down the driveway to the white overhead door on the left.  

               

    WHEAT complies with all COVID required procedures:  You must wear a face covering, social distance, have your temperature taken upon entering the building and answer COVID health questions.

Message From the Executive Director

September is Hunger Action Month.  A time to t ake action  in the fight against hunger.  The 2019 statistics compiled by Feeding the Hungry shows that West Haven 's food insecurity is 14.4 % of the population, which equates into 7,870 West Haven residents who are at risk or suffer from hunger.  Our poverty rate is 11.1% and our unemployment rate is 9.3%.  
WHEAT certainly doesn't provide food for all 7,870 residents.  Many people do not seek out food assistance programs.  They may have had a sudden job loss, illness o unexpected rise in healtcare.
One thing is true across Connecticut.  People  are food insecure for the following reasons:
   73% had to choose between food or rent
    63% had to choose between food or utilities
    68% had to choose between food or medical care
What can you do to help?  Spread the word about Hunger in our community.  Spread the word that WHEAT is here to help.  Organize a food or money drive at your place of business, school, place of worship or civic organization.  $5 or 5 cans of food make a difference in the lives of those who don't have enough to eat every day.  
September is Hunger Action Month.  Let's get going.  
Rose Majestic, Executive Director


 




 
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