MT. STERLING, Ill. - Dot Foods has again teamed with the Brown County Christmas Food Basket through a donation of $16,000 that will provide food items for families in need in Brown County during the holidays.

The donation consists of $5,000 in cash and $5,000 in Dot Country Store credit to help prepare baskets with a variety of dry goods, meats, dairy products and personal care items for more than 1200 individuals. In addition to the grant, Dot Foods has matched $6,000 in additional money raised by the food basket. Dot provided $18,000 in financial support to the campaign in 2012.

"This is always an outstanding event in the Brown County community," said Dot Foods' Charitable Committee Chair Suzy Kassing. "The Christmas Food Basket is a great representation of how members of this community can join together and make great things happens. It's very inspiring."

The Brown County Christmas Food Basket is sponsored by the Brown County Ministerial Alliance and Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials, but many organizations in Brown County assisted with the program. Alongside the monetary donation, 14 Dot Foods employees have donated more than 60 hours of time to the program. Brown County High School helped put baskets together, while the Brown County United Way and Western Illinois Correctional Center were major contributors to the community program.

"I'm always amazed at the amount of community support we receive," said Aaron Foster, president of the Brown County Ministerial Alliance. "Just to see all of the volunteers preparing the food baskets, filled with food purchased with donations from the local community, is amazing."

About Brown County Christmas Food Basket

The Brown County Christmas Food Basket is a partnership between the Brown County Ministerial Alliance and Two Rivers Regional Council or Public Officials that strives to make the holiday season more special for members of the Brown County community who are less fortunate.

About Dot Foods and Dot Transportation

Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth and are hiring in record numbers. Both companies are looking to fill positions for full and part-time drivers and warehouse personnel in all eight locations. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods, visit www.dotfoods.com/careers and follow @DotFoodsCareers on Twitter.  To learn more about careers at Dot Transportation, visit www.DriveForDot.com.

Dot Foods Inc. carries 105,000 products from 650 food industry manufacturers and is the largest food redistributor in the United States. Dot Foods distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending food products to distributors in all 50 states. Dot Foods operates eight distribution centers in:  Modesto, California; Vidalia, Georgia; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Illinois; Cambridge City, Indiana; Williamsport, Maryland; Liverpool, New York; and Ardmore, Oklahoma. A ninth distribution center in Dyersburg, Tennessee is under construction and scheduled to open in September 2014.  For information, visit www.dotfoods.com