Mt. Sterling, Ill. - As part of its continued support, Dot Foods, one of the area's largest employers, is proud to announce a $31,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois.

The grant is the first installment of a potential $75,000 contribution to Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2013. The Adams, Brown/Schuyler, Morgan and Cass County Big Brothers Big Sisters programs will each receive $6,000, the Brown/Schuyler County Bowl for Kids' Sake will receive $3,000, Brown County site-based operational support will receive $2,000, and BBBS of West Central Illinois has been granted $2,000 in Dot Country Store credit.

"Without the generosity and funding available from Dot Foods we would not be able to achieve our mission," said Cindy Denby, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois. "It is our hope that, through the work in our communities, all children achieve success in life."

The additional $44,000 can be earned throughout the year as part of two programs. Big-Little matches between Dot employees and youth in the community can earn up to $24,000 as matches reach maturation. The final $20,000 is available for fundraising support as BBBS meets specific fundraising goals.

Along with the 2013 donation, seven Dot employees' matches reached maturation in the fourth quarter of 2012 for a donation of $12,000 to BBBS of West Central Illinois. Teresa Lile, Melanie Geisendorfer, Kimberly Bartlett, Charlotte Logsdon, Tami Zeeck, Anita Barnes and Massoga Tomsuwa helped push the 2012 Big-Little match donation to a total of $19,000 in 2012.

"With an 85 percent increase in the number of Dot employees participating as mentors in 2012, it's clear we have a strong and growing partnership with BBBS," said Elly Passmore, Dot's Teaming with Local Charities director. "I'm not only excited about the financial support Dot is able to offer this outstanding organization, but also thrilled to see the time and energy Dot employees are willing to contribute and the positive impact they have on the children in our communities."

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois

Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois serves the counties of Adams, Brown, Cass, Morgan and Schuyler. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a youth-mentoring non-profit service organization that provides ongoing supportive services to children in need of a mentor. Volunteers are recruited from within the community and are fully-screened by our professional staff members. The interests, needs, and personalities of the children and volunteers are considered in making the best one-on-one (adult/child) match possible. After a match is created, extensive supervision and support are provided on an ongoing basis to ensure the success of a match.

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.