ARDMORE, Okla. - Dot Foods, one of the area's largest employers, has donated $2,000 to assist Southern Oklahoma Amateur Radio Emergency Services (SOARES) to better provide emergency radio services during an emergency or disaster.

"This is an important organization to the area because of their impact in the event of a disaster," said Dot Foods' Administrative Clerk Sherry Prince. "In those times of need, communication is essential to ensure the safety of area residents."

SOARES utilizes amateur radio, or ham radio, repeaters to facilitate communication in the event a disaster inhibits traditional electronic communication methods. This donation, joined with donations from other area businesses, will fund new communication radios.

"We're hopeful we can help this organization to provide people with reliable communication services in the unfortunate event of a disaster," Dot's Assistant General Manager Mike Ford said.

A photo of SOARES President Vance Smith accepting a check from Prince, Donnie Offield, maintenance supervisor Ford can be found here: http://bit.ly/QnMVJq.

About Southern Oklahoma Amateur Radio Emergency Services

SOARES is an organization dedicated to providing alternative methods of communication, as well as assistance, in the event of a disaster.

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.