The Healthy Worthington Resource Center & Food Pantry began as a program of the Healthy Worthington Coalition, Inc. (HWC), a nonprofit organization that had its first meeting in 2003. In 2009, HWC approved the expansion of an existing program, Food for Families, in response to the need for a food pantry in Worthington. Food for Families collected food and money for three pantries operating out of churches and a somewhat limited service area.
Five individuals who remained committed to the food pantry continued meeting and, in July 2009, a small basement room was made available at the United Methodist Children’s Home. In August 2010, we moved to our current location on the former Harding Hospital campus, a property owned by The Ohio State University, and have already increased our space due to growing need. When we moved, we began a choice pantry with an emphasis on nutrition via the USDA guidelines.
During 2012, the education and health promotion functions of the Healthy Worthington Coalition transitioned to the volunteer and staff structure of the Worthington Food Panty and Resource Center. The two boards formally merged to become the Healthy Worthington Resource Center & Food Pantry.
Our organization re-branded in June 2014. Our new identity is the Worthington Resource Pantry with the tagline Healthy Worthington: Hungry to Share. We are more than a food pantry. We are unique. We are a resource center that educates, feeds, and comforts people who need a helping hand during rough economic times. We are committed to building a healthy Worthington. We engage our community by serving our neighbors, and providing them with opportunities to serve one another.
Today, our services are provided at 6700 Huntley Road and we continue to serve individuals and families in need. Our focus is on connecting neighbors to resources, empowering them to make healthy food choices and inspire creativity in the kitchen, and leading to a transformation in their lives and our community.
We are continuously committed to helping the whole person--mind, body, and spirit--by providing food and personal care items to over 1,200 families. We believe that connecting our neighbors with resources will enable them to find a pathway out of poverty and allow them to give back to the community.
Today, our programs and services remain as vital as ever. Last year we helped record numbers of people and we distributed 300,000 pounds of food in our choice pantry. In this time of continued economic difficulty, we also partner with other organizations in the community, such as summer lunches at Slate Hill Elementary and cooking classes at our location.
We were awarded the Platinum Level of recognition from the Mid-Ohio Food Bank’s Nourishing our Neighbors program, so you can be assured that we will continually assess the needs of our community and meet them effectively.
All of our board members lead with strong convictions, a strong dedication, and strong support for our neighbors in need by fostering deep community connections and recognizing the value of all our supporters and volunteers.