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Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Accepts $50,000 Donation from Dot Foods’ new Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program

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04/09/2014

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Contact: Richard Markey, Dot Foods, 217.773.4486 x12806 (office), 217.440.4004 (cell) or richard.markey@dotfoods.com 

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana Accepts $50,000 Donation from Dot Foods’ new Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program

Part of Nationwide $462,500 Donation that is Largest in Dot Foods’ History

Cambridge City, Ind. (April 9, 2014) – Dot Foods, the nation's largest food redistributor, is kicking off its new philanthropic program – the Dot Foods Neighbor-to-Neighbor Food Bank Program - by donating $50,000 to the Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. Gleaners services 21 counties in central and southeast Indiana, including Cambridge City (Wayne County) where a Dot Foods distribution center is located. Dot Foods' Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program will give a total of $462,500 to ten Feeding America food banks nationally, helping to provide an estimated 4,162,500 nutritious meals* in 2014. This nationwide donation campaign is the largest donation in Dot Foods’ history.

“We are so pleased to work with a company like Dot Foods that is helping us provide meals to area residents and families in need. In Gleaners’ service area, nearly 325,000 people struggle with food insecurity—105,000 of them are children,” said Cindy Hubert, President/CEO of Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana. “Neighbor-to-Neighbor is a wonderful program because it allows us to apply the funds based on the needs of those we serve and customize the program to provide nutritional options. With one in six Americans facing hunger, programs like this are all the more vital.”

Dot Foods chose Gleaners because of the service it provides to multiple food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters throughout Indiana. Beneficiaries of Gleaners’ service include the Boys and Girls Club Central, Jefferson, Fairview and Hagerstown Units, Circle-U Help Center, Temple of God Pantry Interfaith Missions DBA Community Food Pantry, Birth to Five, Inc., Helping Hands Richmond Gateway Church, Northside Church of Christ, and Jefferson Township Trustees. All of these organizations are located near the Dot Foods Cambridge City distribution center.

“Because food is our core business, it’s a natural extension to provide charitable support to food banks,” said Randy Templin, General Manager at Dot Foods Cambridge City Distribution Center. “Our history of food donations and food bank volunteerism has become more established through the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program, which enables us to make a bigger impact in the communities where our employees live.”

The Neighbor-to-Neighbor program invites participating food banks to use the donation to order from Dot’s discounted product list. The food bank will become a customer of Dot Foods and will have the opportunity to use its donation to order food directly from Dot, according to its own needs.

“Our Neighbor-to-Neighbor program will allow our partner food banks to identify their own food and nutritional needs – proteins, produce, grains, etc. – and use this grant to fill in their donation gaps to feed hungry residents and families,” Templin continued. “We have seen first-hand how these kinds of programs can change and inspire a community and we are excited to give back to the hard-working Dot Foods communities across the country.”

Participating food banks will work with Dot Foods to identify the types of products it most needs. Food banks are encouraged to use the grant in 2014 and may receive up to one food delivery each calendar quarter.

*Feeding America estimates $1 equals nine meals secured and distributed by Feeding America on behalf of local food banks.

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About Dot Foods
Dot Foods Inc. carries 105,000 products from 650 food industry manufacturers making it the largest food redistributor in the United States. Through Dot Transportation, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dot Foods and other freight carriers, the company distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending food products to distributors in all 50 states. Dot Foods operates eight distribution centers, which are located in Modesto, California; Vidalia, Georgia; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Illinois; Cambridge City, Indiana; Williamsport, Maryland; Liverpool, New York; and Ardmore, Oklahoma. A ninth distribution center in Dyersburg, Tennessee is under construction and scheduled to open in November 2014. For more information, visit www.dotfoods.com.

Dot Foods continues to experience exceptional growth. The company is looking to fill full-time and part-time warehouse personnel positions in all locations nationwide. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods, visit www.dotfoods.com/careers  and follow @DotFoodsCareers on Twitter.About Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana was founded in a three-and-a-half-car garage in 1980 with the purpose of fighting hunger in our community. Today, Gleaners serves over 350 hunger relief agencies and 250 schools throughout 21 counties in central and southeastern Indiana, providing emergency food and grocery products to thousands of Hoosiers in need. Gleaners’ three programs specifically targeted at children help kids get enough to eat so they are ready to learn.

By October 1, 2013, Gleaners distributed over 28 million pounds of food which is the equivalent of 23 million meals. Every dollar donated to Gleaners helps provide enough food for four meals.

Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana is a member of Feeding America, the nation’s food bank network. In Gleaners’ service area, nearly 325,000 people struggle with food insecurity—and 105,000 of them are children. Learn more at www.gleaners.org.