This March marks our 44th anniversary! Much has changed over the years but the intent to end hunger in our community has been unwavering.
Last year, the Dublin Food Pantry (DFP) distributed more than 366,000 pounds of food with the help of hundreds of dedicated volunteers, generous donors and community partners. This translated into serving more than 11,100 people – with children accounting for one third of that number. While we hope to see fewer people needing our services, the reality is that DFP is looking for ways to meet expanded hunger needs in our community.
Operations Director Jim Wilson and I are proud to share some highlights from 2019 as we look ahead to 2020:
Expanded Refrigeration: After a “Cool” 2019 fundraiser campaign, DFP added two commercial refrigerators and a freezer last fall. DFP is grateful for grants from CareSource, Dublin Community Foundation, and Ross Foundation, along with individual donations from those alerted about the fundraiser from social media posts. Additionally, installation was donated by Scotsman Mid-Ohio.
Fresh Produce:In 2019, Dublin Food Pantry began a new partnership with Heartland of Dublin offering Saturday produce only shopping. In 2020, with the newly expanded refrigeration space, we are able to offer fresh produce weekly during all regular pantry hours - in addition to monthly full-cart shopping. This is an important part of our mission to offer more nutritious food choices more often for a healthier community.
DFP Van: A recent grant allowed DFP to purchase a cargo van which has been put to good use - regularly transporting 2,500 pounds of food a week from Mid-Ohio Foodbank. The van also allows DFP a way to be present and visible at community events. In 2020, we look forward to adding a sponsor’s name on the van.
Fundraising: Funds are always put to good use, covering operational overhead and allowing DFP to purchase discounted and most needed items. DFP spends about $150 per week on food purchased as a partner agency of Mid-Ohio Foodbank. 2019 marked the first year that cash donations were accepted, along with non-perishable donations, as a Sunday morning admission “ticket” into the Dublin Irish Festival. This is our largest food and fundraising event. Also new, DFP has a “dip-jar” allowing for credit card donations at events.
Technology: From a new website to new scanners, DFP continues to look for ways to improve our connectivity, data tracking and client experience. The website allows faster access to updates, while the scanners allow a smoother client check-in experience.
Communication: DFP is committed to sharing information about the impact of hunger in our community. We spoke at more than 25 community events in 2019. With the updated website and active social media, along with a communications volunteer, DFP is better able to share information regarding hunger and the steps we are taking to address hunger amongst our neighbors. Please let us know if you are planning a food, fund or personal care drive, we would like to share it on our website!
In 2020, the Dublin Food Pantry Board, Jim and I look forward to working with business, faith community, school, non-profit and civic leaders – welcoming partnerships. We would like to hear from you and hope you will join us in our mission to end hunger by:
Increasing access to nutritious food and other essential resources
Sharing information about hunger’s impact on our neighbors and how we can help
Engaging hundreds of volunteers from our community
Creating a pantry atmosphere of compassion, safety, respect, and professionalism
Enlisting sponsors, partners, and donors to support DFP in filling 💚’s and 🛒’s
Serving more in need within DFP’s service area, those in the City of Dublin and in the Dublin School District
Dinky and Jim
Executive Director Denise Youngsteadt-Parrish and Operations Director Jim Wilson