Dot Foods, the nation’s largest food redistributor, is announcing a new philanthropic program—the Neighbor-to-Neighbor food bank program—to benefit Feeding America food banks in 10 US communities.
This program will give $462,500 to these food banks, helping provide an estimated 4,162,500 nutritious meals in 2014. It is the largest donation in Dot’s history.
“We are thankful to Dot Foods for helping to provide meals to hungry Americans,” said Ross Fraser of Feeding America. “With one in six Americans facing hunger, donations like this are vital.”
“Because food is our core business, providing charitable support in that area is a natural for us,” said Pat Tracy, chairman of Dot. “We have provided product to food banks over the years, and have established grant programs and volunteer programs with food pantries. We’re now taking those efforts to the next level with our Neighbor-to-Neighbor program. This gives us a way to make an impact—beyond the monetary amounts—to Feeding America food banks that provide food to the pantries near our facilities and in the communities where our employees have built their lives.”
The Neighbor-to-Neighbor program kicks off with donations of $50,000 each to a food bank in eight cities: River Bend Food Bank in Moline IL; Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana in Indianapolis IN; Food Bank of Central New York in Syracuse NY; Maryland Food Bank–Western Branch in Hagerstown MD; America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia in Savannah GA; Idaho Food Bank in Boise ID; Regional Food Bank in Oklahoma City OK; and Second Harvest Food Bank of San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties in Manteca CA. Dot will also donate $12,500 to St Louis Area Food Bank in St Louis MO, the location of the company’s sales office; and $50,000 to a food bank near Dyersburg TN, site of the company’s newest distribution center opening later in 2014.
The company chose these 10 food banks because they serve multiple food pantries, soup kitchens, and day cares in cities and towns where Dot employees live and work. As part of the program, Dot is inviting each food bank to participate in a program by which they can order from a discounted product list. By doing this, each food bank will become a customer of Dot and will have the opportunity to use their donation to order food directly from Dot. The program will provide the food banks the opportunity to get more food for their grant dollar than they could otherwise.
Participating food banks will work with Dot to identify the types of products most needed. Food banks are encouraged to use the grant in 2014 and may receive up to one delivery each calendar quarter. The program is designed to increase offerings for each recipient food bank.
For more information, go to www.dotfoods.com.