MT. STERLING, Ill.(April 10, 2018) - Dot Foods, Inc., the largest food industry redistributor in North America, today named Customer Service Representative Brandon Kindhart from Timewell, Illinois, as the 2017 Volunteer of the Year. The annual award program is part of the Dot Foods Teaming with Local Charities (TLC) program, part of the company's charitable initiative and a core component of its culture.

As Volunteer of the Year, Kindhart received a $1,000 donation to the charity of his choice, which he directed to QUANADA, based in Quincy, Illinois. QUANADA works to empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by providing comprehensive services in an atmosphere of respect and confidentiality. Dot Foods will also send Kindhart on a celebratory vacation at RT'S Cove, Dot Foods' private resort in Osage Beach, Missouri.

"We are so thrilled that Brandon Kindhart was named the 2017 Volunteer of the Year," said Mt. Sterling TLC Director Elly Passmore. "Brandon was a finalist last year, and as his last name says, he has a kind heart, and his selfless service has helped strengthened our community, which is what the award is meant to represent."

Kindhart, who works at the Dot Foods headquarters in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, has worked at the company for 11 years. He is currently a Key Account Customer Service Representative and previously held roles as a Customer Service Representative, as well as working in the warehouse and in building and grounds maintenance

In 2017, Kindhart volunteered nearly 95 hours. Overall, more than 300 Dot Foods employees from the Mt. Sterling location, along with those in St. Louis, Missouri, and Burley, Idaho, volunteered for a combined 4,442 hours in 2017 as part of the TLC program. In addition, employees donated nearly $30,000 to local charity organizations via employee program incentives. The Mt. Sterling TLC group reaches into 11 West Central Illinois counties to volunteer with 40 organizations including the Central Illinois Food Bank, the YMCA, the United Way, the Area Agency on Aging, as well as many local schools and community leadership programs.

"Our company's volunteers are dedicated workers and outstanding people who are willing to go the extra mile to help others," said Passmore. "I am proud to work alongside all of these individuals as we continue to strive to make an impact throughout the counties in West Central Illinois."

Today's award announcement kicks off the TLC's National Volunteer Week activities which will include volunteering at a Dot Foods-sponsored mobile food pantry in Mt. Sterling as well as various other volunteer opportunities with the YMCA, Senior Center, and local schools. At the ceremony, Dot Foods recognized the other eight 2017 Volunteer of the Year finalists and awarded a $250 donation to each to be given to the charity of their choice. A panel interviewed each finalist to learn more about their motivation to volunteer, level of involvement at the charitable groups they work with, and dedication to inspiring others to give back.

During the reception, Dot Foods also recognized employees who hit the 100-hour cumulative volunteer milestone along with individuals who have surpassed 1,000 hours of volunteer contributions through TLC.

The other eight Volunteer of the Year finalists for 2017 are:

EMPLOYEE NAME

TITLE

CITY

CHARITABLE ORGANIZATION

Tricia Baker

Customer Service Team Leader

Timewell, IL

Brown County United Way

Chris Brierton

Retail Customer Development Representative

Versailles, IL

Mt. Sterling YMCA After School

Lora Decker

Database Specialist

Mt. Sterling, IL

St. Mary's School

Leslie Easley

Garage Parts Clerk

Timewell, IL

St. Mary's School

Pat Ford

Garage Technician

White Hall, IL

North Green Food Pantry

Nathan Goudschaal

Illinois Dry Warehouse Lead

Clayton, IL

QUANADA

Kevin Passmore

Garage Technician

Camp Point, IL

Camp Point Fire Department

Josh Stuckman

Dry Warehouse Material Handler

Golden, IL

Meals Plus for Seniors Quincy

 About Dot Foods and Dot Transportation

Dot Foods Inc. carries 127,000 products from 930 food industry manufacturers making it the largest food industry redistributor in North America. Through Dot Transportation Inc., an affiliate of Dot Foods, the company distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending products to distributors in all 50 states and more than 35 countries. Dot Foods operates 11 U. S. distribution centers, which are located in Modesto, California; Vidalia, Georgia; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Illinois; Cambridge City, Indiana; Williamsport, Maryland; Liverpool, New York; Ardmore, Oklahoma; Dyersburg, Tennessee; University Park, Illinois; and Bullhead City, Arizona. Dot Foods' Canadian operations are located in Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta. For information, visit DotFoods.com.

Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth. Both companies are looking to fill several positions for full and part-time drivers and warehouse personnel in all U.S. locations. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods visit DotFoods.com/careers and follow @DotFoodsCareers. For more on opportunities available with Dot Transportation, visit DriveForDot.com.