ST.LOUIS, Mo. - Dot Foods recently made a surprise donation for $5,720 to Youth In Need. Employees gathered for a cocktail reception at the home of Dot Foods CEO, John Tracy and his wife Linda, to help raise the funds for the local non-profit.

A photo of members of Dot's Charitable Committee presenting the check to Nancy Clark, community relations manager with Youth In Need can be found at http://budurl.com/DotYIN  (from left to right: Jeanne Fernandez, brand manager; Carrie Augspurger, business development manager; Nancy Clark, community relations manager, Youth In Need; Andrea Saeger, marketing communications specialist; Chris Connolly, sales automation manager; and Joe Miller, e-commerce developer).

"This donation came as a complete surprise to us! When Dot called, I thought it was just an in-kind donation; I had no idea I'd be receiving such a generous donation," said Clark. "We are so thankful for any contributions, and have been so blessed by our relationship with Dot Foods."

More than 85 employees and guests attended the cocktail reception in late March. Employees were asked to donate $20 per person to attend the cocktail reception; the Dot Foods Charitable Committee and John and Linda Tracy personally matched each donation. This is the third year the Tracy's have hosted this event.

About Youth In Need

Youth In Need, a proud member of the United Way, is an eastern Missouri regional agency serving nearly 20,000 children, teens and families each year with residential group homes, homeless street outreach, education, counseling and support groups, foster care case management and infant, child and family development programs. Youth In Need's mission: Believing in the power of potential, Youth In Need's mission is to provide nurturing environments and educational opportunities so children, youth, and families will find safety and hope, achieve their goals, and build a positive future. Youth In Need's programs and services are funded, in part, by its 2012 Children's Partners, including Mercy as the Principal Partner. Visit www.youthinneed.org for a complete list of Youth In Need's Champion, Guardian, Trustee and Patron Partners.

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.

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.