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Dot donates $50,000 in food to Jacksonville, 10 other pantries

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Six food pantries in west-central Illinois are among 11 sharing the generosity of Dot Foods’ Neighbor-to-Neighbor program.

The Mount Sterling-based food distribution company delivered $50,000 of its inventory to Two Rivers Food Pantry in Mount Sterling, Cass County Food Pantry in Virginia, Jacksonville Area Community Food Center, North Greene Area Food Pantry in White Hall, Outreach Community Center in Winchester and the Schuyler County Food Cart in Rushville. Food pantries in Macomb, Nauvoo, Quincy and Camp Point were also among the recipients.

Pantry volunteers selected products from a shopping list of company inventory, and Dot employees helped deliver and unload donations.

Melissa Hall, administrator of the Jacksonville-area Community Food Center, said it will help those less fortunate in the community feed themselves and their families.

“We are delighted to receive this donation, because sometimes food can be a burden and a high cost,” she said. “This donation allows us to feed more than our average number of people/families.”

Marsha Mayner, operator of the Outreach Community Centre, said there has already been an increase in the number of families being served, and that number is expected to increase as winter arrives.

“We are beyond thrilled and blessed to receive this donation this year. Over the past several months, we have seen a decline in food availability, either through the Central Illinois Foodbank or at retail, which is available or within a price range that meets our budget,” Mayner said. “We serve a large number of seniors in all of the communities we serve, and we know that this donation we receive will benefit not only them, but to all our families.”

Dot Foods has 13 U.S. fulfillment centers that participate in the Neighbor-to-Neighbor program, which began in 2014. They plan to donate $405,000 in food and produce to 76 food panties this year.

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