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Why I Give: Gretchen Taylor and Family

At the Dublin Food Pantry, we are fortunate to have the support of our entire community as we work to provide food and essential resources for our neighbors in need. We could not do what we do daily without the support of the City of Dublin, our corporate sponsors, and our friends and community members who have stepped up to help our community.    

We would love to introduce you to a few of our donors and share with you why each of them has chosen to support the Dublin Food Pantry and our capital campaign. Stay tuned for more stories from our donors in our “Why I Give” series. Now, let’s meet Gretchen and Brett Taylor to learn about their commitment to #FeedDublin. 

Gretchen Taylor | Dublin City Schools Teacher

As an educator for 19 years and a current Dublin City Schools teacher, Gretchen Taylor has long loved Dublin’s diverse community and vibrant school system.  

“Our children have had the most wonderful teachers, support staff, and administrators, and the attention to the sense of belonging and teaching to individual strengths and needs is unparalleled. I can say with confidence that we hire and develop the most incredible staff members. We also love Dublin’s proximity to so many other great opportunities in Central Ohio!” 

But, along with Dublin’s many strengths, Gretchen acknowledges that there is also a great need for food in our community. 

“As a teacher in the district, I know that there is a perception that Dublin is just a wealthy community, but the economic needs are certainly there. Food insecurity is a major stressor for families, and it’s important that we provide what we can to give our students and their families a solid foundation to thrive.” 

Since first learning about the Dublin Food Pantry when she started her teaching career at Sells Middle School, Gretchen and her husband Brett have remained strong supporters of the Pantry and have taken every opportunity to give back to her community. The couple also make it a point to teach their children the importance of giving back by donating regularly to school collections. 

After touring the Pantry’s new location, Gretchen’s oldest was particularly excited about the selection of breakfast cereals. “It’s wonderful that families have options just like we do when we visit the grocery store. It’s so well-organized, accessible, welcoming, and set up for collaboration among local agencies,” she says. 

Thank you, Gretchen for all that you and your family have done to help us open our doors and to #feeddublin.  

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