In 1972, volunteers from St. Paul’s Catholic Church founded a food pantry, originally known as Paul’s Pantry. Families in need received food, clothing and emergency financial assistance through the efforts of these dedicated volunteers who began the work of WARM.
In the 1980s, several other Westerville churches decided to collaborate with Paul’s Pantry, rather than have each church work individually toward the same goal to eradicate hunger in our community. At this time, the Westerville Area Ministerial Association (WAMA) adopted this project.
In 1996, St. Paul’s Pantry transitions to Westerville Area Resource Ministry, located at 175 East Broadway Avenue in Westerville, Ohio. The 7,000 square foot house served as a place of hope to our neighbors in most need for eighteen years.
Fast forward to 2001, the year WARM obtained 501(c)(3) nonprofit status as a faith-based social service organization. Today, WARM serves the 52 square miles of the Westerville City School District – where approximately 88,000 people call home.