MT. STERLING, Ill. - As part of its growing charitable initiatives, Dot Foods is proud to announce five donations totaling $31,302 to a group of Fulton County non-profits: The Salvation Army, First Baptist Food Pantry and St. Mary's Food Pantry in Canton, Ill., as well as United Methodist Food Pantry and Papa's Closet in Lewistown, Ill.

The Peoria Area Food Bank members serve more than 5000 members in the Fulton County community.

"All of these pantries are very grateful," said Peoria Area Food Bank Director Barb Shreves. "Dot Foods' donations were so generous and they're helping serve so many people. The need in Fulton County seems to be tremendous. First Baptist Food Pantry alone serves thousands of people on a monthly basis."

- First Baptist Food Pantry will receive $10,814 in Dot Country Store credit and $5,823 in cash.

- St. Mary's Food Pantry will receive $4,698 in Dot Country Store credit and $2,530 in cash.

- The Salvation Army will receive $1,726 in Dot Country Store credit and $930 in cash.

- Papa's Closet will receive $2,560 in Dot Country Store credit and $1,253 in cash.

- Lewistown United Methodist Food Pantry will receive $629 in Dot Country Store credit and $338 in cash.

Fulton County's percentage of population living below the poverty line is 13.7 percent, six-tenths of a percent higher than the state average.

"This is an area where we saw a great need for assistance," said Dot Foods Charitable Committee Chair Suzy Kassing. "If you look at the number of people relying on these pantries in relation to the population, it's obvious there's a lot of need."     

About Peoria Area Food Bank

The Peoria Area Food Bank is a member of Feeding America and is active with Feeding Illinois, the State Association.  The Food Bank provided very nearly 3,000,000 pounds of food in 2012 to over 110 food pantries in 8 Central Illinois Counties with large quantities of food and USDA commodities daily.  It also operates 5 Mobile Food Pantries, a SNAP Outreach Program and several Back Pack programs throughout the service area. 

Counties served by the Peoria Area Food Bank include Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, Fulton, Mason, McLean, DeWitt and Livingston.

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 650 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.