MT. STERLING, Ill. -In response to area hunger and increased food pantry need, Dot Foods, one of the area's largest employers, is hosting a luncheon event October 9 at the Mt. Sterling Community Center YMCA. The goal of this event is to show appreciation and demonstrate how local food pantries can apply for grants from Dot Foods. Nearly 20 food pantries have signed up for the event, which features presentations, lunch and assistance on applying for grants from Dot's Charitable Committee.

"The event is to show our appreciation of the food pantries' efforts to fight hunger in the area," said Suzy Kassing, Dot Charitable Committee chair. "We want to give them an opportunity to network and introduce them to our charitable programs. We also want to educate our own employees."

The event comes on the heels of recent food pantry donations totaling over $62,000. Dot has donated $32,728 in cash and $29,728 in Dot Country Store credit to seven Central Illinois Foodbank food pantries since August.

Food pantry grant amounts are calculated based upon the number of individuals a food pantry serves. Donations have been made to the following food pantries:

  • The Meredosia Food Pantry received a donation of $3,000 for capital improvements on the electrical and insulation to their facilities.
  • The Jacksonville Area Community Food Center received $2,354 in cash and $2,354 in Dot Country Store credit towards the purchase of food.
  • Two Rivers Council Foundation of Brown County food pantry received a cash grant of $2,266 and $2,266 in Dot Country Store credit.
  • Two Rivers Council Foundation of Pike County food pantry received a cash donation of $13,420 to go along with $13,420 in Dot Country Store credit.
  • The Barry Food Pantry received $7,282 in cash and $7,282 in Dot Country Store credit.
  • The Madonna House food pantry in Quincy, IL received a grant of $3,031 in cash and $3,031 in Dot Country Store credit to assist in feeding an average of 530 individuals each month.
  • The Luther Memorial Church Food Pantry in Quincy was awarded a grant of $1,375 in cash and $1,375 in Dot Country Store credit

"Dot has been a great charitable partner for our network of food pantries," said guest speaker Kristy Gilmore, manager of food & agency resources for the Central Illinois Foodbank. "It's great to show appreciation to the food pantries, but also educate them and others about the hunger epidemic that affects many in the region. This will help people find the assistance they need, and that's what this event is about."

Other speakers at the event include Kassing and Dot's Chairman of the Board Pat Tracy.

Clients of the Central Illinois Foodbank are eligible to apply for grants from the Dot Charitable Committee year round. The application is available on Dot's corporate website (www.dotfoods.com) in the About Dot section, under Corporate Responsibility and Charitable Giving Program.

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.