WHEAT's History ...
The mission of WHEAT is to educate, advocate, motivate and empower individuals to action in the fight against hunger. WHEAT strives to increase the understanding of the root causes of hunger and to act as a source and resource for individual and group involvement in programs and activities, which work toward the end of hunger.

Our primary goals are to:
  • provide the tools and resources on the why’s and where-fors of hunger and poverty;
  • empower individuals to become self-sustaining;
  • advocate on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves, striving for policy changes that solve the root causes of poverty and hunger;
  • motivate individuals to action by becoming involved in local anti-hunger activities, working with and for the poor and the hungry.
This is a unique ministry, offering a voice of advocacy, within the framework of faith and conscience, in our community.

WHEAT was founded in Arizona in 1979 as a task force of the National Council of Churches and by the 19 different faith communities represented. These faith communities recognized the need for education and advocacy involving the local religious and community groups who were in the struggle to end hunger, both locally and globally. WHEAT was incorporated in Arizona in 1985 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) agency and is the only WHEAT organization still operating from the original group of task forces formed by the National Council of Churches in the 1970’s.

The work of WHEAT is to increase the understanding, sensitivity and opportunity for change in the fight against hunger amongst groups and individuals. We encourage active participation by these individuals in the legislative process, direct service and funding support. To this end we have projects and activities that have global and local ramifications: Hand to Hand Project; The Clothes Silo; the National World Food Day teleconference and its supporting activities; the Norma Johansen Hunger Library. WHEAT collaborates on issues concerning poverty and food security with many agencies and organizations including Bread for the World, Church World Service, Let Justice Roll, the Arizona Ecumenical Council, The World Food Programme, local and federal governmental organizations and agencies, as well as Denomination-specific Hunger Committees. These partnerships enhance WHEAT’s ability to initiate new projects and to support ongoing events and activities related to hunger.

WHEAT is...
  • Headquarters for the Arizona Walks for the Hungry to benefit Local Hunger Projects
  • Sponsor of the Statewide World Food Day (October 16) Activities in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Member of the United States National Committee for World Food Day
  • Champion of Life-Style Simplification
  • Advocate for the Poor and Disenfranchised
  • Home of the Norma Johansen Hunger Library
  • A Hunger Education Resource and Training Center
  • Member of the Hunger Advisory Council to the Arizona Department of Economic Security
  • Parent Organization of The Clothes Silo and WHEAT's Hand to Hand Project
  • Oversight Agency for the Maryvale Community Garden
How can YOU end hunger?
  • Educate yourself and others about hunger and its victims.
  • Examine your lifestyle and make necessary changes to simplify. Live simply so that others might simply live!
  • Support and participate in hunger appeals, hunger walks and other hunger events.
  • Give a helping hand...volunteer with WHEAT in our quest to end hunger.
  • Work for justice...advocate for changes in our food security systems and welfare reforms to solve the root causes of hunger. Voice your concerns to your State Legislators and Congressional Representatives and Senators.


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