Wheat
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
Mission
WHEAT, Inc. is a private, non profit 501 c 3 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-sufficieny, sustainability and quality of life.
 
 2.  Referral services
 
 3. Advocacy with and on behalf of those in need.
                          
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
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms. Rose Majestic
Board Chair Mrs. Kathryn Izzo
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $200,000.00
Projected Expenses $155,898.00
Statements
Mission
WHEAT, Inc. is a private, non profit 501 c 3 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-sufficieny, sustainability and quality of life.
 
 2.  Referral services
 
 3. Advocacy with and on behalf of those in need.
                          
Background
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, non profit 501 c3 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.
Impact
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.  2015 is on track for helping 5,000 households in crisis.
 
2.  Increased the number of new programs and services by establishing a 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.  Have 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.
 
 
Among the goals we are focused on this year:
 
1. Continue to offer services and programs without compromising our high standards.
 
2. Maintain financial stability of the agency through increased fundraising and development.
 
3. Obtain grants and donations to obtain equipment so that we can acquire more food, especially fresh vegetables and fruit, to meet the need of the increased number of households .
 
Needs
The organization's most pressing needs are:
 
1. Acquiring enough food to be able to provide an adequate amount of food to each household using 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 non profit 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 5 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.
Programs
Description
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 2014..  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. 
 
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 over70% 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.
 
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.
 
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.
CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Rose Majestic
Term Start May 2005
Email wheatcharity@sbcglobal.net
Experience
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. 
 
Co-CEO
Email wheatcharity@sbcglobal.net
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 1
Number of Part Time Staff 0
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 1
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Former CEOs and Terms
NameTerm
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 N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Collaborations
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.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Connecticut Association of Nonprofits2009
United Way of Greater New Haven1987
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
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 Oct 2015
Email wheatcharity@sbcglobal.net
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Arnold Agnoli Business Owner
Mr. Charles Gunning Community Volunteer
Rev. Lisa Hahneman Church of the Holy Spirit
Ms. Helana Hoover-Litty Community Volunteer
Ms. Rose Majestic Executive Director
Mrs. Mary Malenda State of CT
Mrs. Teddi McKenna Community Volunteer
Mr. Dan Palmquist Vineyard Christian Church
Mrs. Ann Piscitelli Community Volunteer
Mr. Scott Silver Silver's Pharmacy
Rev. Arthur Yost Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 7
Governance
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 50%
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
Executive
Finance
Building
By-laws
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Patricia Andreucii Community Volunteer
Mrs. Phyllis Hunt Community Volunteer
Ms. Sharon Johnson 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. 
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2015
Fiscal Year End June 30 2016
Projected Revenue $200,000.00
Projected Expenses $155,898.00
Documents
Form 990s
9902014
9902013
9902012
9902011
9902010
9902009
9902008
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$128,079$127,541$112,244
Government Contributions$34,929$47,434$19,378
Federal$34,929----
State------
Local------
Unspecified--$47,434$19,378
Individual Contributions------
------
------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$375$68$81
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$1,008--$2,639
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$177,288$173,312$158,537
Administration Expense------
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.931.010.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$307,304$320,201$340,544
Current Assets$41,846$40,540$46,580
Long-Term Liabilities----$5,500
Current Liabilities----$16,576
Total Net Assets$307,304$320,201$318,468
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountHUD $34,929Bayer Healthcare Foundation $15,000Bayer Healthcare Foundation $10,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountYale University $10,603Archbishop Annual Appeal $3,850Yale University $5,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountArchbishop Annual Appeal $4,800The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $3,306Archbishop Annual Appeal $3,600
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----2.81
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%2%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
Foundation Staff Comments

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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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