Families from Delaware and neighboring central Ohio communities are taking advantage of all the Woodward Family Resource Center has to offer.

Families from Delaware and neighboring central Ohio communities are taking advantage of all the Woodward Family Resource Center has to offer.

The center, 200 S. Washington St., Delaware, is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It is run by one full-time program coordinator, Robin Moore, a few interns and many volunteers.

"We are here to partner with families to help meet their needs throughout the year," Moore said. "Not only do we help Delaware families but families from other communities such as Gahanna, Sunbury and Westerville."

Over the summer, the Woodward Family Resource Center provided more than 5,100 lunches for students, plus another 2,200 meals for them over the weekends through a program called Weekend Helper. Students in need can pick up a backpack of food from their guidance counselors on Fridays.

One of the themes of the resource center's program offerings this year has been "Literacy and Hunger," Moore said.

The center has partnered with the Delaware County District Library to bring books to students and received more than 200 books from the Rotary Club of Delaware to give away, she said.

"We are offering activities for students surrounding the theme of nutrition and health," Moore added. "For example, we gave away 600 books this summer through various programs and have been helping to support the community garden."

The center offers English for Speakers of Other Languages classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Classes are free and taught by a teacher from the Delaware Area Career Center.

Starting Oct. 1, Moore said the resource center will participate in American Electric Power's Neighbor-to-Neighbor program that provides assistance to customers whose electricity service has been or is in danger of being disconnected.

Moore said about 150 families received grants through the program last year that helped pay $500 toward their bills.

The center also offers a voluntary income tax assistance program after Jan. 1 that is available to all residents with annual household incomes of $55,000 or less.

Computers are available for public access, as are translation services provided by Ohio Wesleyan University volunteers.

The center is supporting the Empty Plate Campaign by having children decorate paper plates during the Unity in the Community Festival, on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ross Street Park.

"The children can either write what hunger means to them, or draw their favorite foods," Moore said. "The SACC (school-age child care) program here at Woodward Elementary School will also be supporting this campaign by having children decorate paper plates during their unit on nutrition during the first week of October."

The center also plans a Traditions Night every year; the March 20 event this year will follow the theme of "Diversity, Traditions and Culture."

More information about the resource center is available online in the Woodward Elementary School portion of the Delaware City Schools District website at dcs.k12.oh.us.