Mt. Sterling, Ill. - Dot Foods, one of the area's largest employers, has donated $5,000 to assist the Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois with its expansion into Cass County to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring mentoring relationships.

The donation will help offset costs associated with keeping the newly-founded program running effectively. This joins $5,000 donations that Dot makes to the other four county programs that Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois serves in Adams, Brown, Morgan and Schuyler counties.

"The relationships made through this program have the opportunity to change people's lives forever," said Cindy Denby, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois. "Cass County is an area that has a significant need for mentoring and we're hoping this is the beginning of a successful program there."

The first match the Cass County program made was with Dot Pricing Specialist Angela Epping, and her husband Brandon, an order selector at Dot. The mentoring couple views the experience of being a Big as just as much of a learning experience for themselves as it is for their Little.

"Big Brothers Big Sisters is a great opportunity for everyone," Angela said. "It's a great way for kids to get out there, open up and have fun in ways they wouldn't normally have the chance. It's a great experience for my husband and I to see a child grow, knowing that we helped them on their journey."

BBBS is currently searching for mentors in Cass County. Bilingual mentors are needed to help the program make a larger impact in the county.

A photo of Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois Executive Director Cindy Denby with Dot Pricing Specialist Angela Epping and Pricing Department Manager Elly Passmore can be found here: http://bit.ly/Sq5IKk.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois

Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Illinois serves the counties of Adams, Brown, Cass, Morgan and Schuyler. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a youth-mentoring non-profit service organization that provides ongoing supportive services to children in need of a mentor. Volunteers are recruited from within the community and are fully-screened by our professional staff members. The interests, needs, and personalities of the children and volunteers are considered in making the best one-on-one (adult/child) match possible. After a match is created, extensive supervision and support are provided on an ongoing basis to ensure the success of a match.

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.