Dot Foods provides $50,000 of holiday help to area food pantries

Dot's Neighbor-to-Neighbor returns for a second consecutive holiday season

MT. STERLING, ILL. (DECEMBER 6, 2017)-Dot Foods, the nation's largest food industry redistributor, is once again joining local efforts to fight hunger this holiday season. Through its Neighbor-to-Neighbor philanthropic program, Dot will give $50,000 worth of food to food pantries in West Central Illinois. The ten recipient organizations were given a list of available items and allowed to spend $5,000 on the products that best address the needs of their clients.

"Local food pantries are invaluable to our communities," said Angie Wettstein, Dot Foods Charitable Committee Chair. "They put food on the table for countless families all year long. We're honored to contribute to their efforts."

Together, these agencies help feed more than 8,100 people in the region each month. The 2017 Neighbor-to-Neighbor recipient food pantries are:

 

Name

City

Delivery Day

Delivery Time

Catholic Charities

Quincy

Thursday, Dec. 7

8:00 a.m.

Luther Memorial Church

Quincy

Thursday, Dec. 7

8:30 a.m.

Horizons Social Services

Quincy

Thursday, Dec. 7

9:00 a.m.

Tri State Family Services

Carthage

Thursday, Dec. 7

11:00 a.m.

St. Mary's Food Pantry

Canton

Thursday, Dec. 7

12:30 p.m.

Western Illinois Regional Council

Macomb

Friday, Dec. 8

8:00 a.m.

First Baptist Church

Canton

Friday, Dec. 8

9:30 a.m.

Lewistown United Methodist Church

Lewistown

Friday, Dec. 8

10:30 a.m.

Winchester Kiwanis Food Pantry

Winchester

Friday, Dec. 8

1:00 p.m.

Greene County We Care (Charity Baptist Church)

Carrollton

Friday, Dec. 8

2:00 p.m.

"We love the Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, because it's another way we can contribute to the communities our employees call home," said Wettstein. "It truly is neighbors helping neighbors, and that's a core value Robert and Dorothy Tracy instilled in our company from the start. The holiday season is a busy time for all food pantries, when their services are in especially high demand. We hope to alleviate a little bit of that pressure from these wonderful organizations with this contribution."

This is the fourth time in the company's history that Dot has hosted the Neighbor-to-Neighbor philanthropic program. In 2010, Dot contributed a full truckload of product to a Feeding America food bank in the area of each of its 10 locations as part of the company's 50th anniversary celebration. Then in 2014, Neighbor-to-Neighbor donated $50,000 to regional food banks near each of the company's locations, including the Central Illinois Food Bank in Springfield, Illinois. In 2016, and again this year, Dot opted to contribute directly to food pantries. The Neighbor-to-Neighbor committee reviewed all food pantries in the 11 counties which make up Dot's charitable service area .These 10 organizations were selected based on their need and reflection of Dot's employees' home communities.

"We are so grateful for this support from Dot," said Mike Holm, Quincy Catholic Charities food pantry manager. "The Neighbor-to-Neighbor program allows us to secure nutritious food options for our clients. I selected items that we don't often see donated, and this contribution helps ensure we can provide a well-rounded offering for the families we serve."

Dot will deliver the Neighbor-to-Neighbor donations December 7 and 8. All recipient pantries will have the product ahead of the Christmas holiday. Volunteers from the company will be on hand for each delivery to assist the recipient pantry in unloading the donation. 

About Dot Foods and Dot Transportation

Dot Foods Inc. carries 118,000 products from 835 food industry manufacturers making it the largest food industry redistributor in the United States. Through Dot Transportation Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dot Foods, the company distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending products to distributors in all 50 states and more than 25 countries. Dot Foods operates ten 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; and University Park, Illinois. Dot Foods' Canadian operations are located in Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta. For information, visit DotFoods.com

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