MT. STERLING, Ill. - Employees of Dot Foods celebrated Earth Day with a number of festivities to educate employees and their families on options for going "green."

On Wednesday, April 18th Dot hosted a money-saving "green" fair with informational booths sponsored by local organizations. Activities included "green" crafts for children, recycled sculpture contests, face painting and performances by the Rushville-Industry High School "Trash Can" Band (A photo of the band is available at In the week leading up to the "green" fair, Dot hosted free community recycling of metal and electronics, "Lunch and Learns" for Dot employees and a clothing drive for area food pantries.

"We hope everyone in attendance had an opportunity to gain environmental knowledge," said John Long, senior vice president of warehousing and Dot sustainability chair person. "Dot is very passionate about reducing our carbon footprint and the impact we have in our communities."

Photos of Dot employees at the Earth Day event can be found at: - Earth Day event attendants interact with the informational booths. - Dot employees serve food at the Earth Day event.

Informational booths were hosted by Ameren, Philips Lighting, University of Illinois Extension/Master Gardeners, Dot Human Resources, Dot Paper Reduction team, Scranton Heating & Cooling, Jennings Motors, Dot Recycle team, West Central Mass Transit District.

Dot Foods Inc. carries 104,000 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