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Having trouble making it here before 4:30pm? We have great news for you! 

Beginning on February 26th, we will now be open on Mondays between 5pm and 7pm!

 

For our working families, we know it can be hard to leave work early to get down to WHEAT. Now you don't have to, we'll be open when you need us to be. 

You shouldn't work around our schedule, we should work around yours! 

 

Our MISSION

To Ensure That Everyone Has Enough To Eat

ABOUT US

For almost 50 years WHEAT, Inc. has been providing food, personal care items, advocacy and support to those in our community suffering from food insecurity. Based on the belief that access to good quality nutritious food is a basic human right and social justice issue, WHEAT was founded in 1975 by the West Haven Clergy Association as a central place where residents in crisis could obtain food. 

 

 

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                    Hours of Operations

Pantry Hours 

Monday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm (beginning 02/26)

Tuesday: 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Wednesday: 2:00pm - 4:30pm

Thursday: 2:00pm - 4:30pm  

Office Hours

Monday: By Appointment

Tuesday: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Wednesday: 9:30am - 4:30pm

Thursday: 9:30am - 4:30pm 

Friday: By Appointment

           

                    DONATIONS

Food donations can be dropped off any time during office hours. 

               

    

Message From The New Executive Director

To Our Guests, Friends, and Supporters

I've had the pleasure to meet and speak to many of you already, but to those I haven't met yet it is my honor to introduce myself as the new Executive Director of WHEAT, Inc! I'm a psychotherapist by training with a long history of working in nonprofits and after years of working in behavioral health I am so excited to make this transition and join the fight against food insecurity.  

One of my highest priorities is making sure that the experiences of our guests are as positive as possible so that anyone who needs our services feels safe and comfortable walking through our doors. This means ensuring that guests will be served in a pleasant and welcoming environment, met with warmth and empathy, and will have easy access to our services. With that in mind, you may have noticed we have made some big changes at WHEAT!

To make our services as accessible as possible, we are still open 3 days a week and guests can come twice a month to receive food, but in an effort to align our services with best practices, WHEAT has now moved to a full client choice model. Guests no longer receive pre-packed bags of groceries, but can now select the items that they prefer directly from our shelves in our new "shopping area". The benefits of this system are numerous, but most importantly it creates a more dignified and respectful service environment and ensures that our guests receive the items that they and their families need, enjoy, and will use.

Just as importantly, we have made it much easier to access our services by streamlining our intake process and eliminating unnecessary barriers to service. Guests are no longer required to bring ID, pieces of mail, or any other proof of residency or income. We have reduced the intake process for new guests to under 5 minutes and the check-in process for returning guests is done right at reception. We are still working to make improvements to our operations, but the goal is to make the process as quick and simple for our guests. 

The last thing I'd like to highlight is that as the number of our Spanish speaking guests continues to increase, we now have Spanish speaking volunteers available to assist guests during all our food distribution hours. Unfortunately, language barriers can often impact someone's ability to receive or make the most of an available service. WHEAT wants to make sure that as much as possible guests can be served in their preferred language and having bilingual volunteers available to our guests was a high priority for us. 

 

Finally, and most importantly, I want to acknowledge WHEAT's outgoing Executive Director, Rose Majestic. Rose served WHEAT faithfully for 17 years and is now enjoying a much earned retirement. Under Rose's stewardship WHEAT experienced remarkable growth and cemented itself as a West Haven institution at the heart of fighting food insecurity. As more than one person remarked to me, Rose was WHEAT. She increased donor giving, developed a strong network of community supporters, advocated passionately, and acted as the face of the organization with poise and dignity. Maybe nothing speaks to Rose's leadership better than her ability to steer WHEAT through the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring that WHEAT stayed open and available to guests, so that in the most dire of situations those in need were still able to receive the food they needed. When I first began at WHEAT Rose welcomed me with open arms and generously allowed me to learn and benefit from her years of experience. It is my goal to continue to build on the foundation that she laid. 

From all of us, Rose, thank you! 

Sincerely, 

Michael Savenelli, Executive Director

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