MT. STERLING, Ill. – Dot Foods, the largest food redistributor in the United States, is partnering with Food For the Poor and its food manufacturer partners to generate 100 truckloads of food products and transport them to Haiti as soon as possible. In addition, Dot will match all employee donations made to the Haitian relief effort and plans to immediately send two truckloads of product to Haiti on top of the monthly truckload donation it has been providing for the last 10 years.
Dot and FFP are coordinating efforts to reach out to Dot’s manufacturers for food donations. Dot and FFP will then facilitate the transportation of the product. They will move the food from any plant or warehouse where the manufacturer has the product to ports in southern Florida for the transfer to Haiti.
“It is with great empathy for the Haitian people and consistency with our values that we have organized an immediate response to this cataclysmic event,” said Pat Tracy, chairman of Dot Foods. “It is our intention to provide significant relief in this worldwide effort by contributing food, transportation services and money. I have had the opportunity to visit the slums in Port-au-Prince and the poverty is so widespread and so complete in the country of Haiti that it truly makes it a heartbreaking catastrophe.”
Dot also is matching its employee contributions to the Haitian relief effort dollar-for-dollar. All of the money Dot’s employees donate along with Dot’s match will be sent directly to FFP. Dot has been working with FFP, the largest international charity in the United States, for 10 years, delivering a truckload of food product to Haiti every month.
Dot Foods Inc. carries 83,000 products from 500 food industry manufacturers and is the largest food redistributor in the United States. Dot Foods and Dot Transportation sell and deliver foodservice, convenience, retail, vending, equipment and supplies to leading 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.