Mt. Sterling, Ill. - Dot Foods, one of the area's largest employers, is pleased to announce a donation of $18,000 to the Brown County Christmas Food Basket that provided food items for families in need in Brown County during the holidays.

The donation consisted of $12,500 in cash and $5,500 in Dot Country Store Credit that helped prepare 510 baskets with a variety of dry goods, meats, dairy products and personal care items.

 "Two Rivers and the Brown County Ministerial Alliance and their many, many volunteers do phenomenal work when it comes to the Brown County Christmas Food Basket," says Dot Foods' Charitable Committee Chair Suzy Kassing. "It's just amazing to walk into the KC Hall when the baskets are being put together and see people from all over our community bustling around to make the holidays a happy time for people they may not even know. Dot's charitable committee loves supporting their work, knowing it's a huge benefit to people right here in our community."

The Brown County Christmas Food Basket is sponsored by the Brown County Ministerial Alliance and Two Rivers Regional Council of Public Officials, but many organizations in Brown County assisted with the program. Brown County High School helped put baskets together, while the Brown County United Way and Western Illinois Correctional Center assisted other areas of the program.

"It's so great to have an entire community contribute so much to the program," said Carolyn Chaney, caseworker at Two Rivers Regional Council. "To see the number of organizations and people who stepped forward to commit time and money to those in need is indeed heartwarming to say the least. This project is a wonderful example of how the Brown County community works together in an effort to care for all the members of the community who are in need."

About Brown County Christmas Food Basket

The Brown County Christmas Food Basket is a partnership between the Brown County Ministerial Alliance and Two Rivers Regional Council or Public Officials that strives to make the holiday season more special for members of the Brown County community who are less fortunate.

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.