Over 34 million people in the U.S. are food insecure, but it’s not enough to know the state of hunger in our country. It takes action to solve the problem. This Hunger Action Month, we wanted to share how our company acts to combat food insecurity.
As a food industry redistribution company, Dot Foods believes we have a responsibility to do what we can to address hunger in our communities. We make sure our excess food and other products don’t go to waste by donating them regularly to local pantries. So far this year, we’ve donated nearly $5.5 million worth of product. Our drivers, warehouse workers, and charitable committees are critical to making our product donations a success.
Every fall, each U.S. location gives about $30,000-50,000 worth of product to area pantries for our Neighbor to Neighbor program. Pantries select what they need from a list of products. Then, our employees volunteer their own time to unload product from our trucks and into the pantries, allowing them to provide hands-on support to some of the amazing nonprofits in our communities.
Thank you to our local food banks and pantries for everything they do. We’d also like to thank the employees who pitch in for Neighbor to Neighbor and other food donations. Here are some of Dot’s charitable activities from the past month.
At Brewerton Speedway’s school supply giveaway, our Liverpool distribution center also donated over $1,000 worth of book bags filled with supplies, including a couple Samsung Chromebooks. Director of Transportation Sean Walsh shared, “I can’t tell you how good it feels to see the look on a child’s face when they’re holding a new laptop they’ve always wanted but couldn’t afford.”