MT. STERLING, Ill. - In response to the immense suffering and tragedy that has occurred in the aftermath of the tornadoes that devastated the Moore, Okla. community, Dot Foods, the nation's largest food redistributor, and its employees are donating $70,944 to the American Red Cross for disaster relief.

"This is a great tragedy that struck extremely close to a number of people," said Dot Foods Chairman Pat Tracy. "With our nearby distribution center in Ardmore, Oklahoma, our employees felt the impact of this disaster very closely. We're proud of all of the effort our employees in Ardmore have put forth to collect and transport goods, as well as the donations from our employees around the country."

Dot employees raised $35,472 before the dollar-for-dollar company match. In the week following the disaster, Dot's Oklahoma Distribution Center teamed with Ardmore-area radio station KKAJ to fill and deliver a Dot Transportation, Incorporated trailer filled with goods from the Ardmore community.

"People across the country have been extremely generous in supporting the Red Cross to help people affected by these storms," said Janienne Bella, Regional Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma. "Thanks to these donations, the Red Cross has provided food, relief supplies, shelter and comfort since the tornadoes struck." 

Dot Foods Oklahoma Assistant General Manager Mike Ford was elated with the camaraderie of the Ardmore, Okla. community surrounding the Dot DC.

"It was amazing to see the way our community members banded together to provide any sort of help they could," Ford said.

Cindy Erickson is the Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region, where Dot Foods operates. She thanked the company for funding the Red Cross relief efforts. "This generous gift from the employees and management of Dot Foods makes the work of the Red Cross possible. The Red Cross will continue to help families put their lives back together and assist them as they recover and prepare communities for future disasters."

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

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.