1 in 5 Children are Hungry in the United States. 


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.



Rose Majestic
Executive Director

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                    Hours of Operations

OPEN:  Tuesdays & Wednesday

Pantry:  2:00-4:30 p.m.  Please be in line by 4:00 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.


Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 10:00-1:00.  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 take upon entering the building and answer COVID health questions.

Message From the Executive Director
It's a new year, but all of us continue to be  impacted by the Coronavirus.  Hopefully the vaccines will help us overcome this pandemic, but until that happens and the economy is back on its feet, WHEAT continues to help those in need , especially those impacted by COVID-19.
Thanks to your donations ,we are able to feed everyone who comes through our doors. Because of COVID, we have seen a 30% increase in the number of households who suffer from food insecurity.    We are helping teachers who have been laid off; workers whose hours have been cut to part time; parents who need extra food since the kids are home all day; veterans without jobs, who are homeless and who have small amounts of benefits.   And then there are the seniors.  So many seniors who come down because their fixed income is eaten up by rising food and utility costs.
But the good news is your help in feeding all of these people. The  generosity of our community never ceases to amaze me.  You've donated thousands of pounds of food and thousands of dollars since the pandemic, and increased your donations.  I could never adequately express my gratitude for your efforts to keep WHEAT open for 45 years now.  
The best I can do is to offer a heartfelt "thank you".    May the New Year bring us  hope.
Rose Majestic, Executive Director

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