Updated: Feb 25, 2020
This holiday season, Dublin Food Pantry is feeling cool and especially thankful since we were able to expand the pantry's current refrigeration space. This will allow DFP to provide more fresh produce for local families and individuals - more frequently! This is significant because produce can be offered more than once a month and can be offered weekly now in addition to the regulated once a month full-cart shopping. Our mission is providing nutritious food and certainly the health benefits of having more more fresh produce is significant!
Huge thanks go out to John Weatherwax with Scotsman Mid Ohio who donated the electrical and installation service even at this busy time of year. The photos (above) can't begin to show how excited everyone at DFP was to see the arrival of the new fridge along with John and assistant Cito Vickers.
Donations made all the difference! A huge thank you to the donor (who asked to be anonymous) who recently asked how much DFP still needed, and then wrote a check for over a thousand dollars to complete DFP's COOL FUNDRAISER.
"We are so grateful to all who donated! The CareSource Foundation helped get this dream off the ground with a $5,000 grant - a significant difference in our quest to expand the pantry's refrigerated storage so that we can better provide and store fresh produce," said Denise Youngsteadt-Parrish, DFP Executive Director. The check was presented by Jeffrey Lemichuk of CareSource (photo top right) noting that this grant meets the CareSource Foundation's goal of helping nonprofits who are working to "provide services to low and moderate income families" and to help "build healthier communities."
The Dublin Community Foundation also provided a grant and continues to support the Dublin Food Pantry mission to eliminate hunger in our community. Special thanks also go to on-line donors Molly Arbogast, Kari Bowie, Katie Pack, Brian Keith, and Neil Widerschein and additional anonymous donors. The much needed refrigeration expansion is going to make a very real improvement in meeting one of Dublin Food Pantry's goals to provide residents in the Dublin School District and in the City of Dublin access to sufficient, nutritious food.
Dublin Food Pantry is hopeful for donations in any amount so we can continue to provide for the hunger and basic personal care item needs of our neighbors. Checks can be mailed to the Dublin Food Pantry at 81 W. Bridge Street, Dublin, OH 43017 or online donations can be made at www.dublinfoodpantry.org on the "How You Can Help" page or by clicking on the donate button on Dublin Food Pantry's Facebook page.
FOR MORE INFORMATION about hunger in our community, ways that you can help or get help, or to schedule an "in service" volunteer event or arrange for the Director to speak at your event: Please contact Denise "Dinky" Youngsteadt-Parrish, DFP Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org