***Click here to view video thank you message from Covenant House.***

Mt. Sterling, Ill. - In response to the tragic events of Hurricane Sandy in the Northeastern United States, Dot Foods, one of the area's largest employers, is donating $61,126 to the American Red Cross and Covenant House New York to be used toward disaster relief.

"With our distribution centers in New York and Maryland, we've witnessed the damage first hand," said Dot Foods Chairman Pat Tracy. "There are people without food or shelter that need help. This unfortunate event occurred in a densely-populated region and there are so many in need of support."

The funds were raised by Dot employees with a dollar-for-dollar company match and will be distributed amongst the two organizations. The American Red Cross' disaster relief efforts will receive $45,419.50.

"The American Red Cross is incredibly grateful for the support Dot and their employees have made to the relief effort," said Pam Shaffer, executive director of the American Red Cross serving Adams, Brown, Pike, Hancock and McDonough Counties. "We'd like to thank them for their support of those affected by Sandy, and for the helping hand they give us throughout the year so that we will be on the front lines of disaster response in our local communities."

The Covenant House provides support for homeless youth in the New York and New Jersey areas and is being awarded $15,706.50 from Dot and its employees.

 "We're so grateful that the employees at Dot Foods have rallied around our homeless kids during this difficult time," said Covenant House New York Executive Director Jim White.  "This gift will not only help us provide desperately needed food, clothing and shelter.  It also gives us a chance to let our homeless kids know that people care.  When our kids get this kind of support, there is nothing they can't achieve."

A logo for the American Red Cross can be found here: http://bit.ly/QLIMFo.

A logo for the Covenant House can be found here: http://bit.ly/11cblfW.

About American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org.

About Covenant House

Covenant House is the nation's largest program serving homeless, runaway and at-risk youth.  Our doors are open 24 hours a day for youth in need.   Covenant House began serving homeless youth over 40 years ago, and this year our programs will care for over 61,000 young people in 21 cities and six countries.  For more information, please visit www.covenanthouse.org.

About Dot Foods

Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth and are hiring in record numbers. Both companies are looking to fill several 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.

Dot Foods Inc. carries 105,000 products from 600 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, Calif.; Vidalia, Ga.; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Ill.; Cambridge City, Ind.; Williamsport, Md.; Liverpool, N.Y.; and Ardmore, Okla. For information, visit www.dotfoods.com.