Denise "Dinky" Youngsteadt-Parrish
Denise Youngsteadt-Parrish, who goes by her nickname of Dinky, has a 20+ year history of helping people in need. She joined Dublin Food Pantry in March of 2019 – just one year before the pandemic. A challenging time, to say the least.
Dinky shares this excerpt: “At this moment, this is a hopeful lesson and a hard one. We live in a nation where there are 140 million people who are poor or who are one fire, health crisis, job loss, or severe storm away from deep poverty. A nation where, during a pandemic, more than 12 million people have lost their employer-based-health care adding to the 87 million who already had inadequate health care; where nearly 12 million renters are behind in rent and could face eviction in the coming months; where 26 million people reported not having enough to eat, but 72 billion pounds of food goes to waste each year.” Source: https://sojo.net/magazine/march-2021/food-lines-land-plenty
Working towards solutions and successes, Dinky helps Dublin Food Pantry fulfill its mission with careful thought and compassion. Dinky, 2021 Dublin Chamber’s President’s Award Honoree, was recognized for “her energy and expertise and fierce advocacy for social justice.”
Former Executive Directors:
Molly Arbogast, MSW | 2015-2018
Nancy Johnson | 2012-2015