Thanks to "a great layout, great sponsors and really enthusiastic volunteers," the Great Westerville Food Truck Fest drew more than 10,000 visitors once again.

Thanks to "a great layout, great sponsors and really enthusiastic volunteers," the Great Westerville Food Truck Fest drew more than 10,000 visitors once again.

The Westerville Area Resource Ministry event, hosted at Nationwide Children's Close to Home, is one of the organization's largest fundraisers of the year.

Visitors to the 2015 fest Sunday, Sept. 13, contributed to a large donation jar in the middle of the festival -- this year's number is still being tallied -- and helped to pack more than 800 "emergency bags," filled with nonperishable items such as soup, bottled water, granola and fruit snacks that will be given out to families experiencing emergencies.

Cheryl Wooten, WARM's director of development and communications, said lines to be served at the trucks were down and positive feedback was up this year.

"There were a lot of first-time attendees, and we know that because we had ambassadors out taking surveys and people's thoughts," she said.

"It was overwhelmingly positive. ... All the trucks were prepared for the crowds, and the way we had the layout for the trucks, it was just outstanding."

But more importantly, Wooten said, the event was a major help for the organization that focuses on providing meals and other assistance for struggling Westerville-area families.

"Of course our goal each year is to raise awareness of what WARM does in the community and what the needs are around central Ohio," she said.

Wooten credited the addition of sponsors Kroger, which donated gift cards; Pepsi, which brought activities for kids; and Alliance Data, which sponsored the emergency bag-drive, for growing the event.

But ultimately, she said, it couldn't happen without eager volunteers.

"These people are energetic, knowledgeable, they show up and are so supportive of this event and of WARM in general," she said.

"Our volunteer team is just outstanding."