“An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics.”  — Plutarch


A Little Goes A Long Way

WHEAT has seen a lot in its 41 years – the ever changing face of hunger and poverty, reaching into families who thought they were safe from job loss, a bare pantry, eating candy bars because they cost less, couch-surfing with the children because there’s nowhere else to go. WHEAT met these changes and challenges head on and developed and expanded programs to meet the needs of those we serve so that hunger and poverty can become a thing of the past – one person at a time.

Now, a new enemy, this COVID-19, has arisen and is making the fight harder without the resources we so easily took for granted like our wonderful volunteers, home through this crisis, and our brick & mortar locations, now closed to the public. We are a creative bunch and won’t allow it to take away the hard-fought successes of these many years. We are finding new ways to reach those who need us.

Your donation will help us continue in our mission to help others help themselves –


Click Here to Make Your Donation to WHEAT


Your AZ Tax Credit 2019 & WHEAT


Donations to Qualifying Nonprofits for Arizona Tax Credits Must Still Be Made by April 15

Extension of Tax Filing Deadline to July 15 Does NOT Affect Charitable Contributions Deadline

Arizona taxpayers considering donations to qualifying nonprofit organizations for Arizona tax credits on their 2019 income tax returns must still make those contributions by April 15 even with the U.S. Department of Treasury decision to extend filing deadlines to July 15 for Arizona and federal returns. Qualifying charitable organizations include 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations, foster care organizations public schools and certified school tuition organizations.  Further Information Here

It’s a Win for Us and a Win for You!!
Donate $800 to WHEAT and Get Back $800 on your Arizona Tax Return*

When you donate to WHEAT  (a Qualifying Charitable Organization, QCO Code 20391),  you could receive a dollar for dollar Arizona State Tax Credit of up to $800 for couples, filing jointly, or $400 for individuals.*

Your gift will provide a dollar for dollar return to you and at the same time support WHEAT’s mission to end hunger and poverty at the root while we help those in our community to self-sufficiency.  In 2019, we provided services to over  10,000 families through SNAP application assistance, living-wage work training,  the provision of outfits to women for the workplace and making available a year-round marketplace for fairly-traded, quality items that help the artisans and farmers feed and clothe their families.  Your gift will mean we can do even more to assist the individuals and families we serve.

Another Option:  If you are over 70 ½, you are required to take distributions from an IRA. Instead of creating a taxable event for yourself, make the distribution a charitable gift to WHEAT using all or a portion of your mandatory withdrawal amount (up to $100,000 total, per person). As long as the distribution is paid directly to WHEAT from your IRA administrator, the amount will not be counted in your taxable income for the year, which may result in tax savings for you!*

It’s easy – Just click on the DONATE button above

 (or) on our website WHEAT: Arizona Charitable Tax Credit

(or)  mail your check to:
4000 N 7th St, Ste 118
Phoenix, AZ 85014

 Thank you for supporting WHEAT’s efforts to end hunger and poverty at the root.

*Consult your tax professional.

COVID-19 Updates/WHEAT Closures

Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) provides a daily update on Arizona’s COVID-19 response. State health officials have updated their recommendations:

  • Effective close of business Friday, March 20, all restaurants in Arizona counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases are required to provide dine-out options only.
  • Effective close of business Friday, March 20, all bars, movie theaters, and gyms in counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases are required to close.
  • Halt elective surgeries in the state of Arizona.
  • If someone in your family has tested positive for COVID-19, keep the entire household at home and contact your medical provider.
  • Expiration dates on Arizona driver licenses are delayed.
  • State-wide closures of Arizona schools through Friday, April 10, 2020.
    • When school resumes, school administrators should develop and implement precautions to ensure schools are a safe learning environment, including social distancing measures, regular intervals for administrators to wash and sanitize their hands, and guidance on how to properly and frequently sanitize equipment and common surfaces.
  • Recommendations to cancel or postpone mass gatherings of 10 or more people.
  • Recommend to telework and other alternatives when available.

    WHEAT Update:  April 6, 2020 
    WHEAT will be closed to the Public at its Brick and Mortar shops  until all clear.  However, online Fair Trade Shop is open and mailing – HungerHurts.org/SHOP and SNAP Outreach and Application Assistance continue.  Look forward to Curbside pick up of Fair Trade AND Clothes Silo items VERY SOON!

COVID-19 Closure 2020


Supp Fund Round 2

To Download the Notification Email found below click here.

January 20, 2020

(This notification is being sent by email to apprise Local Boards, State Set-Aside (SSA) Committees, and interested local social service organizations of the Round 2 Application Period schedule for the Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance [SAHA] funding made available under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.)

Read more here…

#Donate Essentials

Click here to Donate $10 for a Women’s Everyday Essentials Kit

Click here to DOWNLOAD the list of items that go into a Women’s Everyday Essentials Kit –
you can donate a few of one item, several items, or a whole truckload!

Find out other ways to participate with WHEAT on #GivingTuesday and beyond. Click Here.


#Give Time

Find out more about all of WHEAT’s Volunteer Opportunities – Click Here

Find out other ways to participate with WHEAT on #GivingTuesday and beyond. Click Here.


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.