Mt. Sterling, Ill. -In response to Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency's (WIRC-CAA) need for improved food storage means, Dot Foods has donated $15,000 to help the food pantry better serve its community.

"For over 25 years, we had very adequate storage space at Western Illinois University.  We lost that over a year ago with the demolition of the building where we stored our food and we have been fragmented with food stored at several locations since then," said WIRC-CAA Executive Director Suzan Nash. "The grant from Dot Foods will allow us to move ahead to purchase the necessary food storage equipment and have all of our food stuffs stored in one location.  We are thrilled that Dot has awarded us these funds which are cornerstone to aiding us in this process."

After the demolition of Western Illinois University's Wetzel Hall in 2012, WIRC-CAA lost its permanent food storage location for frozen and dry goods. The agency has since stored frozen goods in an old restaurant freezer and dry goods have been stored in a warehouse at a different location.

The funding from Dot Foods was used toward the purchase of necessary frozen and dry goods storage equipment for the agency's new permanent location.

"The Western Illinois Regional Council-Community Action Agency provides a number of services for the residents of western Illinois," said Dot Foods Charitable Committee Chair Suzy Kassing. "We're hopeful this can help them serve those in need in their community more effectively than ever before."

With the improved capacity, the WIRC-CAA plans to serve more members of Hancock, Henderson, McDonough and Warren counties with a new, permanent and safe storage location.

About WIRC-CAA

WIRC-CAA provides a variety of services to supplement the unmet needs of individuals and families in Hancock, Henderson, McDonough and Warren counties.  Income eligible persons receive aid from various program based-services sponsored by federal sources such as Low Income Home Energy Assistance, Emergency Food and Shelter, Transitional Housing, Community Services Block Grant low-income based scholarships and emergency assistance programs. Through these programs the WIRC-CAA provides diverse and abundant opportunities to help individuals and families help themselves.

In addition to providing many of the basic needs of food, clothing and shelter, the WIRC-CAA also offers services to victims of domestic violence and their dependents and victims of sexual assault and abuse.

About Dot Foods and Dot Transportation

Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth and are hiring in record numbers. Both companies are looking to fill 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.  To learn more about careers at Dot Transportation, visit www.DriveForDot.com.

Dot Foods Inc. carries 105,000 products from 650 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, California; Vidalia, Georgia; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Illinois; Cambridge City, Indiana; Williamsport, Maryland; Liverpool, New York; and Ardmore, Oklahoma. A ninth distribution center in Dyersburg, Tennessee is under construction and scheduled to open in September 2014.  For information, visit www.dotfoods.com