To Provide Supplemental Food to Low-Income Residents in Need.
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.
Last days to receive regular groceries before Thanksgiving distribution:
Tuesday & Wednesday, Nov. 17 & 18,
Friday, Nov. 13, 8:30-Noon; Tuesday & Wednesday, Nov. 17 & 18, 10-1. Please take donations to the garage door in the driveway.
West Haven residents who signed up can pick up their food on:
Monday, Nov. 23: 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 24: 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 25: 9:00 a.m.-Noon.
WHEAT will close at noon on Nov. 25th and re open on Tuesday, December 1st.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.