The American Red Cross Central Prairie Chapter is pleased to announce that Dot Foods has awarded a $3,000 grant to the Chapter in order to add disaster sheltering supplies in Cass, Greene, Morgan, and Scott counties. The funds from the Mt. Sterling-based company will be used to buy items such as blankets, pillows, nursing kits, and cots, adding to the overall Red Cross capability to shelter large groups of local residents in the event of a major disaster.

Dot Foods' Charitable Committee Chair, Suzanne Kassing, made the announcement. "Working with the Central Prairie Chapter is a great opportunity for Dot to help people in a very broad region in central Illinois," Kassing said. "We're happy to aid in the disaster sheltering efforts of the American Red Cross."

Since 2006, Dot has donated over $180,000 towards the American Red Cross' national and international disaster efforts.

"We are so thankful for the Dot Foods Charitable Committee's support," said Alison Yording, Executive Director, Central Prairie Chapter. "It will allow us to expand our Disaster Services program to help ensure we can meet the needs of our neighbors in the future."

To learn more about the American Red Cross Central Prairie Chapter, please visit il redcross.org/centralprairiechapter or call 217-243-6641.

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.