Feed food pantry

How does the pantry operate?

WARM’s client-choice food pantry allows clients to shop through the aisles with a personal assistant. Individuals are provided with a 6-day supply of food for each member in their family which includes 3 meals per day. Clients may visit the pantry twice a month for nutritional assistance and resource referrals. 

  • 33% or 1 in 3 of Westerville’s children receive free or reduce-priced lunch during the school year.

  • Only current-dated food items are placed on our shelves.

  • We are happy to also be able to share with local soup kitchens


Tina Lapolla, Coordinator of Pantry Services
614-899-0196 x205

WARM moves in the direction towards a Green Light Pantry!

Green Light Pantry Project is nutritional suggestions or "nudges" based on behavioral economics. Numerous studies have been published applying the behavior economics  theory to health-food choice behaviors in hopes to enhance healthy choices for consumers. 

Behavioral economics is defined as the study of social, cognitive, and emotional factors to understand and influence the economic decisions or purchasing behaviors of individuals or groups. It incorporates psychology, economics, and marketing to subconsciously "nudge" a consumer to make the healthier choice. 

"Nudges" are environmental cues that subconsciously guide a consumer towards one product over another. This can be accomplished by: signage, colors, packaging, product placement, displays. Our goal is to "nudge" the healthier foods so the client makes the right choice, without having to restrict the options themselves. WARM has the potential to make a difference in the health and quality of life of its clients. 

A few ways the pantry has accomplished this transition:

  • Food Pantry Shopping Flow

  • Product Placement

  • Signs

  • Food Samples

  • Visual Appeal

  • Product Abundance/Variety

  • Food and Meal Displays

  • Nutritional Notes, Education and Resources.