Mt. Sterling, Ill. - Dot Foods, one of the area's largest employers, is donating a tractor from their fleet to Northern Illinois Food Bank as a follow up to a February 2011 donation of two trailers.  Both donations help the food bank in their quest to safely and consistently provide nutritious food to hungry neighbors across the 7,000-square mile area they serve in northern Illinois.

"We are very appreciative of this generous donation from Dot Foods to upgrade and expand our fleet," said Pete Schaefer, president and CEO, Northern Illinois Food Bank. "This tractor will help us get more food to more of our hungry neighbors."

One in eight people in northern Illinois faces hunger. Through a network of 700 partner feeding programs - food pantries, soup kitchens, shelter and youth and senior feeding centers - Northern Illinois Food Bank provides nutritious food to more than 60,000 people each week. Last year, Northern Illinois Food Bank provided 33.3 million meals to neighbors in need.

A photo of Dot's Director of Fleet Maintenance Kevin Buss with members of the Northern Illinois Food Bank can be found here:

http://bit.ly/TWo6WE - Stan Gordon, Northern Illinois Food Bank driver, Kevin Buss, Dot's director of fleet maintenance and Gary Knuth, food partner relations manager at Northern Illinois Food Bank.

Dot's Fleet Maintenance group spent a significant amount of time preparing the 2007 Volvo VNL630 to make sure the 728,000-mile tractor was in top condition before the food bank took possession. A dry and refrigerated trailer was donated by Dot Foods to the food bank in 2011.

"This is an important donation to this organization because of what the food bank does for the community," said Tom Cooper, transportation manager at Dot's Joliet facility. "People depend upon them for food and meals, and we're glad to help them accomplish that."

About Northern Illinois Food Bank

Northern Illinois Food Bank, a member of Feeding America, is a non-profit organization that engages the community in a commitment to feed our hungry neighbors. Across 13 counties, food manufacturers, local groceries, corporations, foundations, and individuals come together to donate food and funds, and evaluate and repack food for distribution to more than 700 network partners - the food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and youth and senior feeding programs that serve more than 60,000 hungry neighbors each week. That commitment provided 33.3 million meals last year to those in need. Northern Illinois Food Bank has centers in Geneva (West Suburban Center), Park City (North Suburban Center) and Loves Park (Northwest Center), and an office in Joliet (South Suburban Office). Find out how you can Volunteer - Donate - Get Involved at www.SolveHungerToday.org or follow us on Facebook.

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.