The Westerville Area Resource Ministry is gearing up to host its first large-scale community event.

The Westerville Area Resource Ministry is gearing up to host its first large-scale community event.

The Great Westerville Food Truck Fest is scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 on Executive Campus Drive, on the Nationwide Children's Hospital Westerville campus near Cleveland Avenue and County Line Road.

The festival will feature about 17 food trucks, along with a line-up of live entertainment. Admission is free, but WARM will place containers for monetary donations throughout the festival location, and festivalgoers will be able to volunteer to fill food packages from Generosity Feeds for distribution by WARM.

Organizers at WARM hope the event will serve multiple purposes: It's meant to provide a fun, community atmosphere while raising funds for WARM and also, raise awareness about poverty, hunger and need in the Westerville community, said WARM Development and Communications Manager Cheryl Wooten.

"The growing need in the community really was the impetus for us to create an event by which we could raise significant funds as well as raise awareness," Wooten said. "Our community is growing, and with that growth also comes its challenges. We're a community that's quick to come alongside people who are in need.

"This is an event that will help us get the information out and get us not only to talk about it but to do something about it."

The event is a bit of a departure for fundraising events for WARM, which operates a Westerville food pantry and helps those in need receive an array of social and job services.

For years, WARM's largest annual fundraiser has been the Community Prayer Breakfast. That event draws in about 250 people.

In contrast, the food truck festival is hoped to bring in 8,000 or more patrons, Wooten said.

"This is not just a Westerville event; there will be people coming from all over who enjoy following food trucks," Wooten said.

At this point, organizers are working to get volunteers and sponsors for the event.

Organizers are seeking sponsors to help fund the Generosity Feeds food packets; sponsors can be local businesses, churches, community groups, families or other organizations, Wooten said.

For every dollar donated, two food packets -- which contain a dehydrated soup mix high in nutrition that can be eaten on its own or cooked with -- can be assembled, Wooten said.

Volunteers also are need to staff the event, and organizers still are looking for additional food trucks or entertainers, ranging from musicians to jugglers or balloon artists, to volunteer their talents at the event.

People who want to volunteer to assemble food packets don't need to register in advance, though Wooten said organizers encourage any larger groups who plan to volunteer to contact WARM in advance.

Anyone interested in helping with the Great Westerville Food Truck Fest can contact WARM at 614-899-0196.

Information also can be found on the event's Facebook page, Facebook.com/TheGreatWestervilleFoodTruckFest, where organizers will offer updates, as well as features on the sponsors, food trucks and entertainers that will be part of the event.