MT. STERLING, Ill. - In response to a pair of recent tragedies in separate parts of the world, Dot Foods and its employees are donating $51,123 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.

"While these are two different locations and circumstances, the common ground is these are all people in need of help," said Dot Foods Chairman Pat Tracy. "I'm proud that our employees have been able to come together to make a difference for people in need."

Dot employees raised $25,561.50 before a dollar-for-dollar company match. Of the total donation, $30,695 will go to the American Red Cross for relief of the mid-November, central-Illinois tornadoes, while $20,428 will be directed toward ARC disaster relief in the Philippines.

"We are deeply grateful for the generosity of Dot Foods and their employees for helping provide disaster relief to our neighbors here in Illinois, as well as strangers in the Philippines," said Pamela Shaffer, executive director of the American Red Cross, West Central Illinois and Northeast Missouri Chapter.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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 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 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, 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