Dot Foods donates $25,000 worth of food to five area food pantries

Interfaith Service Coalition of Hancock, MD, Inc. Back row, left to right: Jordan Ott, Nicole West, Steve Sheppard, Evan Davis, Derek Younker and Travis Kelley. Front: Stephanie Harrison, Bob Tase, Amy Stahl, Amber Wertz, Brian Duffield, John Fellers, Debbie Cohill, three volunteers for Interfaith Service Coalition.

The Dot Foods distribution center in Williamsport, recently made a sizeable donation to area food pantries. Through the company’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, the distribution center helped five area food pantries with products from Dot’s current inventory for a total donation of $25,000 worth of food and other necessities.

The Neighbor-to-Neighbor recipient pantries in the Williamsport area were:

• Christian Life Church (Chambersburg)

• Interfaith Service Coalition of Hancock, MD, Inc. (Hancock)

• People of Worth, Inc. (Martinsburg, W.Va.)

• Martinsburg Union Rescue Mission (Martinsburg W.Va.)

• Marketplace Experience Gateway (Williamsport)

Each food pantry selected products from a shopping list of Dot’s inventory that would best address their specific needs. Dot employees helped the food pantry staff and volunteers receive and unload their donations at each location.

While Dot’s charitable work spans many causes and organizations, food insecurity is at the heart of the company’s giving. Dot supports local food pantries with donations throughout the year, in addition to the annual Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, which launched in 2014.

“Dot’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor program is near and dear to our hearts,” said Suzy Parn, director of Dot’s corporate charitable committee. “The program gives all Dot employees a way to become even more connected with their community as they get to know the food pantries while helping with the deliveries. And it gives the recipient pantries the opportunity to request the food and supplies that are most important to them and most needed.”

Dot Foods, Inc. carries 123,000 products from 1,500 food industry manufacturers making it the largest food industry redistributor in North America. Through Dot Transportation, Inc., an affiliate of Dot Foods, the company distributes in all 50 states and more than 50 countries.