For one of its biggest fundraisers of the year, the Westerville Area Resource Ministry is hoping to remind people of those who have no food options by providing a variety of food options.
The Great Westerville Food Truck Festival, held by WARM from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, is entering its sixth year and continues to grow.
Dozens of food trucks will circle the parking lot of Nationwide Children's Surgery Center, 455 Executive Campus Drive, while live music and children's activities fill in the background.
This year, the Cleveland Browns game will be broadcast over the radio for those concerned about missing the result.
Cheryl Wooten, WARM's director of development and communication, said the event attracted around 18,000 people last year, and its growth each year continues to amaze the organization.
"Eight thousand was more than we expected at the start of this thing," she said with a laugh.
Entry to the festival is free, but donations and proceeds go toward WARM's mission of providing food, shelter and assistance to those in need.
And while the food trucks and entertainment are the fun portion of the event, Wooten said she hopes it can continue to remind people of the problem of hunger in the community, especially because it occurs during national Hunger Action Month.
"It's not going away," she said of hunger concerns. "We're addressing it, but it's a continual concern. Until families are secure in their food intake, we'll be helping them with employment and areas they need to address and how to transition out of our services."
Festival attendees can contribute toward that mission by volunteering a few moments of their time between trips to the food trucks.
Sponsored by GFS and the Bradford School's culinary program, WARM will pack 1,000 backpacks full of food and other items for school children who need meals over the weekends when they're not in school.
Wooten said she hopes those enjoying the festival will give a bit of their time to pack.
"We're hoping people come and want to be a part of a good service project," she said.
WARM will have information available at stations throughout the festival, and Wooten said, the event is an important way to remind the community of the issues others face.
She said she hopes they take that mentality away from the festival.
"We want to raise awareness and action, but also incentivize people to do something about it," she said. "Whether that's financial or time or whatever that is, we want people to engage."
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