Mt. Sterling, Ill. - Dot Foods, one of the area's largest employers, recently received the 2012 Corporate Leadership Award from the Adams County Chapter of the American Red Cross. The award was presented to Dot Foods at the chapter's annual meeting on June 21, 2012 and is meant to recognize an organization, corporation or foundation that best exemplifies the spirit of charitable giving in the state of Illinois.

"We're extremely honored to be recognized for our charitable work," said Suzanne Kassing, Dot's Charitable Committee chair. "We're glad that it's being recognized, but the most important thing in all of this is that people in need are being helped."

A photo of Dot Charitable Committee members receiving the award can be here:

http://bit.ly/OEKR4f - Charitable Committee members Janet Janssen and Victor Hart, Adams County Chapter of the American Red Cross Executive Director Pam Shaffer and Charitable Committee Chair Suzanne Kassing. Dot was nominated for its charitable donations to the local Hero Campaign, the American Red Cross' largest community-wide fund raiser, as well as contributions to the American Red Cross' efforts during Hurricane Katrina, and 2011 Pacific earthquake and tsunami disaster.

Since 2006, Dot has donated $15,500 to the local Hero Campaign and over $180,000 towards the American Red Cross' national and international disaster efforts.

"Dot Foods is a primary example of a business that truly supports their surrounding communities through their philanthropic gifts," said Pam Shaffer, executive director of the Adams County Chapter of the American Red Cross. "The philanthropy demonstrated by Dot Foods is above and beyond, and I cannot think of a more deserving company to receive the local Corporate Leadership Award from the American Red Cross serving Adams, Brown and Pike Counties."

About Adams County Chapter of the American Red Cross

The Adams County Chapter of the American Red Cross is an organization of volunteers dedicated to meeting the needs of our neighbors. We provide services in a caring and impartial manner, helping them to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. We provide services that are consistent with the mission of the National American Red Cross

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.