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Happy 3rd DFP Anniversary Dinky

When Denise “Dinky” Youngsteadt-Parrish joined Dublin Food Pantry in March of 2019, it was a completely different Dublin Food Pantry than it is today. The Covid-19 pandemic has, of course, changed pantry operations and impacted the number of customers served monthly:

The average MONTHLY number of individuals served:

2019 769

2020 1,052

2021 1,763

It should be noted that in the first two months of 2022, more than 2,000 customers were served each month.

To mark this 3rd work anniversary and the pantry’s 46th year of operation, Mayor Jane Fox came by to thank the pantry teams for “the cascading impact of our work.”

Additionally, here is the text from the State Senate of Ohio letter to Dinky for being honored with the Dublin Chamber of Commerce 2021 President’s Award:

On behalf of the members of the Senate of the 134th General Assembly of Ohio, we are pleased to congratulate Denise Youngsteadt-Parrish on being presented with the 2021 President’s Award by the Dublin Chamber of Commerce.

Your superb credentials readily explain why you were selected for this distinction, which acknowledges the energy and expertise you have exhibited as the executive director of the Dublin Food Pantry, a scholar, and a fierce advocate for social justice. Fulfilling your responsibilities with the utmost competence, you have brought your skills and talents to bear on an array of formidable challenges, and yet you merit praise for your decisive leadership, attention to detail, and aptitude for creative problem solving. To your additional credit, you have figured prominently in the civic affairs and charitable activities of your community, and it is no surprise that your character and commitment have won you a host of admirers.

Without question, the success your endeavors thus far is largely attributed to your innovative, integrity, and intelligence. In business and civic circles, your name has become virtually synonymous with vision and vitality, and you can be proud that your diligent efforts have inspired many who know you to dedicate themselves similarly.

Thus, it is with genuine satisfaction that we pay tribute to you for your exemplary contributions and extend best wishes for continued success.

– Ohio Senator Matt Hoffman, President of the Ohio Senate

Congratulations Dinky on this well-earned recognition for three years as Executive Director of Dublin Food Pantry.

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-by Patte Widerschein