Thursday, September 13, 2012

West Haven to hold concert Saturday to benefit WHEAT food pantry

WEST HAVEN -- Concert to benefit WHEAT food bank at 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15

West Haven will hold a benefit concert Saturday, Sept. 15, for the food bank at the West Haven Emergency Assistance Task Force.

The four-hour show, sponsored by the Holiday Festivities Committee, will feature two bands and will take place in Old Grove Park, off Captain Thomas Boulevard.

At 6 p.m., Fast Lane Band will play a set of party and dance classics, followed by Stevie Nicks tribute band The Navels at 8. The rain date is 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.

Like last month’s benefit concert, the city will not honor cars with beach parking stickers the night of the show. Instead, organizers will request a $5 contribution from both residents and nonresidents to park. The proceeds will go to WHEAT.

Organizers are also asking people to bring nonperishable food for WHEAT, which provides food and necessities to residents in need.

For the first time in 38 years, WHEAT closed its doors July 31 after running out of food. It reopened the next day, however, thanks to donations from the public and a delivery from the Connecticut Food Bank.

WHEAT has experienced a food shortage recently for a host of reasons, according to its executive director, Rose Majestic. But perhaps the most significant factor has been that in five years, the nonprofit organization has gone from serving 1,850 households to 3,000 households annually.

The WHEAT food pantry, which accepts food and money, is based at 674 Washington Ave. For more information or to donate, go to

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