The Food Bank of Central New York Accepts $50,000 Donation from Dot Foods’ new Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program
April 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM
Donation Could Provide 130,500 Meals to Hungry Families in central and northern New York; Part of Nationwide $462,500 Donation
LIVERPOOL, NY – April 28, 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 Food Bank of Central New York, which services 261 emergency food programs in eleven counties. Dot Foods' Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program will give a total of $462,500 to ten Feeding America food banks nationally, helping to provide over 4 million nutritious meals* in 2014. This nationwide donation campaign is the largest donation in Dot Foods’ history.
“We are so pleased to be working with a company like Dot Foods to provide meals to hungry New Yorkers,” said Kathleen Stress, Executive Director, Food Bank of Central New York. “Neighbor-to-Neighbor is such a unique program because it allows us to customize the program to our specific community needs and provide healthy, nutritious food. With one in six Americans facing food insecurity, partnerships like this are critical to fulfilling our mission.”
“Because food is our core business, providing charitable support in that area is a natural for us,” said Joe Little, general manager of the Liverpool Distribution Center. “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.”
Dot Foods strives to be a good neighbor, often doing charitable work in the cities where it operates distribution centers across the nation. The company chose the Food Bank of Central New York because of the services it provides to multiple food pantries, soup kitchens and emergency shelters in cities and towns where Dot Foods' employees live and work. In fact, the Food Bank of Central New York provides services that include nutritious food distribution, nutrition education and SNAP outreach within those communities.
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. Food banks are encouraged to use the grant in 2014 and may receive up to one food delivery each calendar quarter.
“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,” Little 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.”
*Feeding America estimates $1 equals nine meals secured and distributed by Feeding America on behalf of local food banks.
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 Food Bank of Central New York
Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community. Food Bank serves as the primary food supplier for 261 emergency food assistance programs in 11 counties of New York State, distributing 13,420,441 pounds of food last year. Food Bank of Central New York is a certified member of Feeding America. Visit www.foodbankcny.org for more information on the agency and its programs.