Updated: Jan 8
Written by Patte Widerschein
Denise Youngsteadt-Parrish has been named Executive Director of Dublin Food Pantry (DFP) by the organization’s Board of Trustees. Her experiences with the Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food Banks will especially enhance her contributions to the Dublin Food Pantry. “The DFP Board of Directors unanimously selected Denise, who goes by her nickname of “Dinky,” to be our next Executive Director,” said Asch Mikhail, DFP Board Chair. “She brings an extensive background in working on issues of poverty, hunger and social justice. Dinky will help DFP continue with our mission to feed the hungry in our community with a focus on acknowledging our partnerships, volunteers, and generous donors, expanding our programs and providing innovative solutions to the many challenges we face.” Additionally, Jim Wilson has taken on the role of Operations Director overseeing the distribution of the more than 252,000 pounds of food the Dublin Food Pantry distributed in 2018.
The non-profit Dublin Food Pantry is a 501(c) (3) is working to identify and address the hunger needs in the City of Dublin and in the Dublin School District which spans parts of Delaware, Franklin, and Union Counties as the 10thlargest school district in Ohio. Established in 1978, the Dublin Food Pantry is staffed by hundreds of volunteers and only two paid staff members, all committed to collecting and distributing food and personal necessities in a food choice grocery-store type of experience.
Asch Mikhail, owner of Sunny Street Café on Hospital Drive, is the current Board Chair of the Dublin Food Pantry. He has focused on meeting the growing need for the Pantry. He commented, “Working with clients at the Pantry gives you an understanding of how any of us in our community can be impacted by hunger when circumstances change. Our clients are our inspiration to continually try to reach those who need food and basic necessities, this is why we continue to ask for our neighbors to support the Dublin Food Pantry.” Active in the community, Asch was selected along with his wife Kate to receive Dublin’s 2018 Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the year.
Board Vice Chair, Lisa Patt McDaniel serves as CEO of the Workforce Development Board of Central Ohio. She notes, “The Dublin Food Pantry has wonderful volunteers from age 18 to 85 and we extend a big thank you to them. The Dublin community has been generous in their support in helping provide food and basic necessities to our neighbors.”
The Dublin Food Pantry is hosting a Volunteer appreciation breakfast event that will take place on Wednesday April 24 from 9 – 11 am in the Goodwill Room of the Dublin Community Church. Please stop by and meet Dinky and Jim, Dublin Food Pantry’s new Executive Director and Operations Director.