Wheat

West Haven, CT   |  www.wheatpantry.org

Mission

WHEAT, Inc. is a private, nonprofit 501c3 organization established to meet the emergency needs of the West Haven community in three general areas: 
 
 1.  The basic necessities of life to help improve self-sufficiency, sustainability and quality of life.
 
 2.  Referral services
 
 3. Advocacy with and on behalf of those in need. Over the past two years, WHEAT has expanded outreach to provide the basic necessities of life, now feeding 5,000 households, among them 1,000 children.  We have increased our referral services to now include medical referrals for seniors through the agency on aging.  Lastly, we have established advocacy relationships with state and federal representatives to keep them abreast of how Congressional legislation trickles down to our agency and our ability to carry out our mission.

Ruling year info

1987

Principal Officer

Ms. Rose Majestic

Main address

674 Washington Ave

West Haven, CT 06516 USA

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EIN

06-1197653

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

IRS filing requirement

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Food Pantry

WHEAT's food pantry distributes over 60,000 bags of groceries annually to 5,000 West Haven households in need.  During the summer months, families with school aged children may receive twice a month instead of once a month.  Residents may receive food monthly and are eligible for Thanksgiving baskets.    Included in the 5,000 households are over 1,000 children.  Also among those we serve are are seniors living on fixed income, underemployed people and veterans returning from active duty who have no benefits, jobs and in many cases are homeless.
 
Some of the population we serve includes
1.  Residents who have been unemployed for a year or more as well as those who are underemployed.
 
2.  Seniors who cannot meet expenses on fixed incomes.
 
3.  Grandparents raising their grandchildren.
 
4.  Families who come to WHEAT only in the summer when school breakfast and lunch programs aren't offered.
 
5.  Veterans returning from active duty abroad, re-entering the community and in need of food and other services.
 
The percentage of residents who have a source of income has dropped from 85% to 65%  since 2010. Even with a source of income they can't afford to pay for housing, medical care, transportation and utilities and still have money left over for food.  This has been the trend for over 15 years.  WHEAT and agencies like ours tend to the "working poor" in America.  Many of them are in need because of recent government cuts in food stamps and the Farm Support Bill which provides over 70% of food donated to food pantries and soup kitchens nation wide.

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Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance 2009

United Way of Greater New Haven 1987

Financials

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Wheat

Board of directors
as of 05/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Kathryn Izzo

Community Volunteer

Term: 2012 - 2018

Mary Malenda

State of CT

Charles Gunning

Community Volunteer

Arthur Yost

Community Volunteer

Scott Silver

Silver's Pharmacy

Rose Majestic

Executive Director

Arnold Agnoli

Business Owner

Teddi McKenna

Community Volunteer

Marilyn Ferguson

retired

Kathryn Izzo

community volunteer

Lauren Wells

USAlliance

Peggy Jerrell

Retired