674 Washington Ave
West Haven CT 06516
Contact Information
Address 674 Washington Ave
West Haven, CT 06516-
Telephone (203) 931-9877 x
Fax 203-934-1083
E-mail wheatcharity@sbcglobal.net
Web and Social Media
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.
A Great OpportunityHelpThe nonprofit has used this field to provide information about a special campaign, project or event that they are raising funds for now.
A new program is being planned:  to open the pantry on one Saturday a month to accommodate low income families who cannot take advantage of the pantry during regular business hours.  This will be implemented by October 31, 2016 and has no end date.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1987
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rose Majestic
Board Chair Mrs. Kathryn Izzo
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
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.
The West Haven Emergency Assistance Taskforce (WHEAT, Inc) was established in 1975 by the West Haven Clergy Assn. to create a central location where West Haven residents could obtain emergency food.  WHEAT was incorporated as a private, nonprofit 501c3 organization in 1987.  
WHEAT's board of directors now includes not only interfaith representatives but community and civic leaders, business owners and agency members with whom we are partnered.
Throughout the past forty years we have grown from a small food pantry to an agency providing not only food, but referrals including housing, utility, rent, clothing and food stamp assistance, as well as access to Yale New Haven Hospital's "Project Mothercare" clinic housed at WHEAT.   WHEAT is also the designated disaster relief center for the City of West Haven
WHEAT relies  solely on public and private donations as well as grants to accomplish its wide ranging mission.
During the past year WHEAT has:
1.  Expanded current programs and services (increased the number of times clients may receive food, expanded hours of operation and was able to respond to the significant increase in the number of residents needing our help--from 1,850 in 2005 to 4,550 in 2014.  2016 is on track for helping 5,000 households in crisis, among them 1,000 children.
2. We continue to help residents through our food stamp sign up center an alliance with the Helping Hands Furniture Bank and Thrift Store as well as a partnership with "Outreach", a State program that forwards job openings to WHEAT. 
3. Increased our  referral services to include information from the Agency on Aging for our senior citizens, housing and other programs for veterans, as well as referrals for utility and rent assistance.
4.  We continue to house Yale New Haven Hospital's "Project Mothercare" clinic for women and children.
5.  Increased our use of social  media and fundraising appeals to educate more of the West Haven community about WHEAT and our mission.
Among the goals we are focused on this year:
1. Continue to offer services and programs without compromising our high standards of meeting the needs of an ever increasing number of low income residents who need food and referral services, especially the 1,000 children we feed.  We will have a campaign to obtain additional food for the children who do not receive school breakfasts and lunches and cannot take advantage of the city's summer feeding sites.
2. Maintain financial stability of the agency through increased fundraising and development.
3. Obtain a second commercial refrigerator to increase more fresh produce and dairy products to add to the nutritional food we give to our clients.
4.  Open one weekend per month to meet what we think is still an unmet need of low income families who cannot  come to WHEAT during regular hours of operation.
5.  Establish a new program--"Sponsor A Shelf" where organizations and individuals can donate to re-stock a specific item we need.
 6.  As of 2017, we are feeding families with children twice a month during the summer months to make up for lost meals when school breakfast and lunch programs are suspended.
7.  We are referring many seniors to the Agency on Aging because they are not aware of the services they are entitled to.  We have also contacted the Agency on Aging when we feel a senior is at risk.
8.  We have established a Twitter site for advocacy with the media and the State and federal representatives we have established relationships with to keep them abreast of how congressional action trickles down to our agency and affects our ability to carry out our mission.
9.  We have established a coalition with local businesses to help us meet some immediate needs such as purchasing food through the "sponsor a shelf" program to keep pantry shelves food to meet the increase in the number of households we are feeding. 
The organization's most pressing needs are:
1. Acquiring enough food to be able to provide an adequate amount of food to each of the 5,000 households and 1,000 children needing food from WHEAT.
2.  More volunteer involvement to support expanded and new programs (WHEAT is a volunteer driven organization with only one staff person).
3. Add additional board members whose skills can enhance the agencies overall operations and planning.
4.  Increase financial donations/grant by $40,000 to maintain the financial health of the organization.
CEO Statement
Our mission is not static. We are proactive in seeking out new or unmet needs of the community.  We add new services, forge new alliances and advocate on behalf of those who don't know where to turn.
For example:  West Haven has a large aging population living on fixed incomes, many living at or below the federal poverty level.  Therefore, most of them qualify for food stamps. We have established a food stamp sign in center where individuals may apply for food stamps instead of traveling to the New Haven office.
We've added nutritional education.  A licensed dietician volunteers her time weekly to answer questions and educate clients about health choices.  She also counsels diabetics and heart patients who have special needs diets.  
It is important that those who want to volunteer but aren't available between 9 and 5 have the opportunity to help.  We decided to open on Wednesday evenings so that students and those with jobs can volunteer their time doing a myriad of tasks.  They are not only lending an extra set of hands; they are learning things about our agency they had no idea existed.
Finally, we answered the call of the City's request that WHEAT act as the disaster relief center in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and the fire at Bella Vista Apartments by  providing emergency food and referrals of furniture, clothing and funds to those who were displaced or otherwise affected by storms. 
WHEAT will continue in this capacity and is in the process of developing a formal plan as how to best serve the community in these situations. 
Our mission is not static.  We are a creative, forward looking small nonprofit constantly striving to improve the quality of life for our neighbors. What you've read are only a few examples of  how we exemplify stewardship, collaboration, community involvement and service.
Rose Majestic, Executive Director 
Board Chair Statement
I have been involved with WHEAT as a volunteer or board member for the past five years.  My passion for providing the basic necessities of life, especially food, come in part from owning my own business and being a life long resident of West Haven and have seen the needs of the community.  Our success stems from the strong leadership and management of the executive directors WHEAT has had during the past forty years,  combined with the team work of volunteers as well as involvement of several board members helping with the daily tasks of the agency.  This combination provides an organized administration of the programs as well as the opportunity to see how the needs of our clients are growing and changing.  This first hand knowledge of WHEAT's operations is valuable when the board discusses how to improve, adjust or increase the services we offer.  The answer to our challenges come from the same group of dedicated people.

A success and challenge is the financial health of the organization.  We've always been diligent about budget projections and conservative in fundraising  estimates, allowing  us to add or expand programs and services within our means.  The challenge is how to continue to effectively administer programs while strengthening the financial stability of the organization.  Therefore, we are recruiting board members who have expertise in areas that are underdeveloped, including strategic planning, technology, and fundraising.
Kathryn Izzo, President
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Food Banks, Food Pantries
Secondary Organization Category Human Services /
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Alliances & Advocacy
Areas Served
West Haven
WHEAT provides emergency food and services to all areas of West Haven.  West Haven is a city of 50,000,  a large percentage of whom live at or below the federal poverty level according to the Census Bureau.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments WHEAT endeavors to serve all low income residents in West Haven who come to us.  We do outreach to the underemployed, unemployed, seniors on fixed incomes and veterans who have no jobs, benefits or housing.  We also strive to feed the 1,000 children in need of food who are among the 5,000 families we help.  Rose Majestic, Ex. Dir.
WHEAT's food pantry distributes over 60,000 bags of groceries annually to 5,000 West Haven households in need.  Residents may receive food monthly and are eligible for Thanksgiving baskets.  500 baskets were distributed in 2015.  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 75% 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.
Population Served General/Unspecified / Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
WHEAT has been able to provide the same amount of food to residents inspite of an increase of more than 950 families over the past 7 years. 
WHEAT has achieved its short term goal of providing food to residents every month instead of every other month.
WHEAT has continued to receive large food donations from schools, religious and civic organizations despite the economic downturn in the past three years.
We have helped two churches open their own pantries and soup kitchens to provide more access to food by the community.  We are partnered with these organizations to augment the food that WHEAT provides.
Finally, establishing a food stamp sign up center in conjunction with the pantry has helped many people receive help who otherwise would not have sought it.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The pantry's long term success will be having the pantry
open during a weekend to provide greater community access and outreach.  Success will also be achieved by increasing our capacity for acquiring produce and dairy products.  This requires commercial refrigeration which is being sought after through grants and donations from the public.
Another long term success would be the ability to deliver food to those who cannot leave their homes.  Currently a friend or family member can pick up for homebound residents.   
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.
Each person who comes to WHEAT has an intake file recording proof of residency, income and number of people in the household.  We also keep track of the number of times and frequency that people come in for food.  This data is analyzed monthly.
We have also observed that there is an unmet need in the community for an unknown no. of underemployed residents who cannot come to WHEAT during our regular hours.  We are doing outreach to serve them by planning to open one weekend a month starting in the fall of 2016. 
This analysis keeps us updated as to how and why our client demographics change from year to year.   
Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
Our nutrition education program is working well.  Approximately 400 clients wanted information about what size portions to feed their children.  100 of them wanted information about how food affects cardio vascular disease, diabetes and cancer.  Almost 100% of our clients were interested in the benefits of fresh produce.  As a result of these interests, our volunteer nutritionist established low-sodium and diabetic and cancer sections with appropriate foods and nutrients.  We also obtained a $10,000 grant to purchase fresh produce.  All of our clients take this food every day and are grateful for it at the pantry since it is expensive to purchase. 
WHEAT provides monthly nutrition classes to anyone in West Haven who is interested.
Program Comments
CEO Comments Our challenges include maintaining enough volunteers to take care of the day to day operations.  Another challenge is determining the unmet need in the community that we could help with expanding our pantry and referral program.  A third challenge is to acquire additional donations, grants, etc. to continue the financial health and operation of WHEAT.  Rose majestic, Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Rose Majestic
Term Start May 2005
Email wheatcharity@sbcglobal.net
I have spent 25 years working with non profits in the field of food banking  and food pantry administration. I also spent several years in the field of education as a high school and college instructor in the fields of business and communications.

My management experience is extensive.  It includes oversight of multiple departments, staff, building renovation, strategic planning and budget preparations. I also have development and fundraising  experience. 
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 20
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 2
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
Ms. Therese Eke Jan 1980 - Apr 2005
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation No
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
WHEAT has collaborations with the VA hospital, West Haven Community House, Hospital of St. Raphael, Project Hope Soup Kitchen, Alex's Soup Kitchen, Community Soup Kitchen, St. Paul's Church Food Pantry, City of West Haven, Family Resource Center, The University of New Haven, Quinnipiac University, all interfaith institutions in West Haven, Community Action Agency and the Connecticut Food Bank.
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits2009
United Way of Greater New Haven1987
Outstanding Community Service AwardWest Haven Chamber of Commerce2007
Community Partner Appreciation AwardCT Veterans Errera Community Care Center2011
Outstand Community ServiceSpiritual Life Center2013
Board Chair
Mrs. Kathryn Izzo
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Aug 2012 to July 2018
Board of Directors
Mr. Arnold Agnoli Business Owner
Mrs. Marilyn Ferguson retired
Mr. Charles Gunning Community Volunteer
Rev. Lisa Hahneman Church of the Holy Spirit
Ms. Helana Hoover-Litty Community Volunteer
Mrs. Kathryn Izzo community volunteer
Ms. Rose Majestic Executive Director
Mrs. Mary Malenda State of CT
Mrs. Teddi McKenna Community Volunteer
Mr. Dan Palmquist Vineyard Christian Church
Mr. Scott Silver Silver's Pharmacy
Rev. Arthur Yost Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 75%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 70%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Risk Management Provisions
Builders Risk
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
Crime Coverage
Employee Benefits Liability
Employee Dishonesty
Employment Practices Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Accident and Injury Coverage
Computer Equipment and Software
Fiduciary Liability
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
Mrs. Patricia Andreucii Community Volunteer
Mrs. Phyllis Hunt Community Volunteer
Ms. Sharon Troy Community Volunteer
CEO Comments
WHEAT has provided sessions to educate the board of directors about governance, strategic planning, diversity and human resources issues.  WHEAT derives its training materials from the Association of Non Profits. 
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $150,000.00
Projected Expenses $145,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$306,619$305,234$307,304
Current Assets$69,329$53,980$41,846
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$306,619$305,234$307,304
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCommunity Development Association $15,000US Dept. of HUD $15,782HUD $34,929
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountWatson, Inc. $7,700Yale University $14,401Yale University $10,603
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountArchbishop's Annual Appeal $5,475United Way of Greater New Haven $5,000Archbishop Annual Appeal $4,800
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 674 Washington Ave
West Haven, CT 06516
Primary Phone 203 931-9877
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rose Majestic
Board Chair Mrs. Kathryn Izzo
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer


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