Modesto, Calif. - Dot Foods, one of the area's largest employers, is pleased to announce a donation of $2,000 to Stanislaus Partners in Education (SPIE), an organization committed to helping schools better prepare students for the workforce after high school or college.

"We're proud to be able to offer assistance to SPIE to make sure students are properly prepared for the workplace," said Dot Foods Western Region Distribution Center General Manager Rich Raham. "It's important that we help to lay the foundation for our youth to succeed as professionals."

SPIE Executive Director Judie Piscitello accepted the $2,000 check from Dot Human Resources Manager Victoria Welch and Raham at their facility in Modesto. In the 2011-12 year, SPIE awarded 18 Career Education Grants, which reached 4,642 students, and 41 Incentive Grants, which impacted 1,466 students in Stanislaus County.

"We're thankful for the continued support of the businesses in the community," Piscitello said. "It is our hope that donations like these will continue to help push our youth to become productive employees in the community."

About Stanislaus Partners in Education

SPIE was established in 1991 by educators and employers to help schools better prepare students for the world of work following high school and/or college graduation. SPIE is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of educational leaders, employers, and elected officials.

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.