WHEAT

Save at Silo and Help Others!

When you shop at WHEAT’s Clothes Silo you are helping another woman help herself and become self sufficient – every purchase you make supports WHEAT and its programs to do just that!

Check us Out – Volunteer – Donate – Shop

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Volunteer October 27

Make A Difference Day 2018

Join us this fall when we’ll take out our summer clothing and replace with fall and winter items. We’ll get the shoes in order, do some window decorating, re-work the displays and just RE-DO. Make A Difference on this special day to help WHEAT make the Silo Boutique a special place for our clients to visit.

Click to Watch Make A Difference Day 2017 in Action

Save the Date:  Make A Difference Day, Saturday, October 27, 2018,  8 am to 11 am

WHEAT’s Clothes Silo provides free. professional clothing to thousands of  women in need every year for their interviews and first days on the job. We ARE helping women succeed through this empowerment program that gives the women that something extra to boost their confidence!

Our goal is to provide a beautiful boutique atmosphere for our clients with the best selection of outfits for all types of employment. You will be helping us achieve this when you help out at the TurnOver Event!

Volunteer with us:  EMail Deidre at WHEAT

Senate Passes GOOD Farm Bill, Your Calls Made the Difference!

Good news! The Senate Farm Bill—which protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) and strengthens other critical nutrition programs—passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in a vote of 86-11. Read more here.

What happens now? The House bill and the Senate bill will need to be reconciled in conference, which could prove difficult given their drastic differences on SNAP, farm subsidies, and conservation. The compromise bill must then pass each chamber again before heading to the president’s desk.

More to Come…

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Join National SNAP Call-in Day TODAY, Tuesday, June 26

Take these steps to protect SNAP in the Senate Farm Bill:

  1. Today – Tuesday, June 26, call 1-888-398-8702 and enter your zip code to be connected to your Senators. (Toll-free number courtesy of Feeding America.)
  2. Urge your Senators to vote to protect and strengthen SNAP, to vote “Yes” on the Senate Agriculture Committee version of the Farm Bill (S. 3042), and to vote “No” on any and all harmful amendments that would cut or weaken SNAP.
  3. Click to Tweet: Senate Ag Cmte #FarmBill protects SNAP & keeps food on the table for children, working families, seniors, veterans, ppl with disabilities, among others. We join @fractweets in urging @SenateFloor to vote NO on any amendments that would weaken #SNAP http://bit.ly/2HxmB0O

Background
S. 3042 (pdf) passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on June 13. It is expected to be taken up by the Senate this week, with a vote likely on Thursday, June 28. Unlike the House Farm Bill (H.R. 2), the Senate bill protects SNAP benefit levels and eligibility, and keeps food on the table for struggling low-income people.

 

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Thanks to our friends at Feeding America, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

 

For further information, contact WHEAT at 602/955.5076 or wheat@HungerHurts.org

Fair Trade Chocolate

WHEAT’s Fair Trade Store only carries Fair Trade Certified Chocolate.  After years of taste testing, (it’s a tough job, we know!) we think the best is from Equal Exchange.  Stop by and pick up a bar or two ~ we think you’ll agree!

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THE CHOCOLATE FACTS

Chocolate. Milk or dark with Cornish sea salt? Behind every luscious chocolate bar and treat we devour throughout the year, there are six million people globally who depend on growing cocoa for their livelihoods. Fair Trade has breathed a new lease of life into entire cocoa farming communities in the poorest parts of the world.

  1. Most cocoa farmers live on less than a $1 a day. Poverty, and its many related issues, such as child labor, is the key challenge faced by cocoa growing communities. With Fair Trade sales, farmers are improving the quality and productivity of their farms, to increase incomes.
  2. 25% of all Fair Trade cocoa growers are women.  Women cocoa farmers in Côte D’Ivoire face many challenges and are taking charge of their own futures.
  3. Education is key to the future of cocoa communities. Fair Trade Africa currently trains cocoa farmers in financial management, governance, good agricultural practices, gender and child labor. This will form part of the Fair Trade West Africa Cocoa Program, being implemented over a period from 2015 to 2020.

CHOCOLATE & COCOA

Equal Exchange chocolates and cocoas are crafted using only the purest ingredients, grown with care by small farmer co-ops. We source from these small farmer organizations because we believe they are the heart and soul of the Fair Trade movement.

WORKER-OWNED

At Equal Exchange the workers all walk around like they own the place. That’s because they all do!  The co-op has over 100 worker-owners, each with an equal stake – and an equal vote – in the business.

 

 

 

Celebrate International Women’s Day – March 8

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are fundamental to ending extreme poverty and promoting resilient, democratic societies. When women play an active role in civil society and politics, governments tend to be more open, responsive and transparent. When women are at the negotiating table, peace agreements are more durable.

Neptune, Bobby (2016, February 18).

Women and girls are poised to be key drivers of progress and growth but they need to be empowered through equal rights and equal opportunities. They need to be prepared for a 21st century economy through connection to finance, digital literacy, science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics.

And they need to be valued as leaders, peace-builders, and breadwinners in their communities and societies.

(2016, February 18). Empowering women and girls. Retrieved from usaid.gov.

WHEAT’s Story

When Jaye applied for WHEAT’s Training & Mentoring Program, she had years of experience working and always had to have more than one job in order to pay the rent, put food on the table for her 3 children and make sure they had clothes to wear to school. Jaye found herself in dire straits when she couldn’t find a second job after being laid off. For the first time, she found herself in line at the Food Bank, getting a food box and applying for SNAP. Jaye is a caring mother and wants the very best for her children, but she knew she needed to get a better job, but was afraid to give up the one she had. Jaye was underemployed. She was an exemplary student, always on time and always lending a hand to others in her class.

She excelled at customer service and relationship building. Her on-the-job experience was at a local non-profit agency, helping to guide clients to the right resources and services. When Jaye graduated from the 10-week program, she had many fruitful interviews. One she thought went particularly well and she was called back twice. She was getting a bit dejected, when finally the call came. SHE WAS HIRED. Jaye is now working behind the counter in a team leader position at a national rental car agency. They are providing her with benefits, something she never had before; a salary for a full-time position AND opportunities for growth in the company and advancement! Jaye has been employed and out of the program for 1-year and is now coming back to share her story as a presenter at WHEAT’s networking sessions for new participants.