Dot Foods Employees Donate Nearly $240,000 To Hurricane Relief Efforts

Jan. 18, 2018

MT. STERLING, ILL., JANUARY 17, 2018Dot Foods, the nation’s largest food industry redistributor is proud to announce its employees responded in extraordinary fashion to assist victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Dot Foods and its employees from all 12 locations nationwide came together to donate $239,872 to the Red Cross and Houston Food Bank. 

“It makes me so proud to work for Dot Foods. There aren’t many companies who will match your donation dollar for dollar and offer giving through payroll deductions. Our leadership makes it easy for employees to help others. These values are at the core of our company every day.” said Kimberly Hultquist, Dot Foods accounts receivable specialist. 

When Kimberly learned that an employee of a Dot Foods customer had lost everything in Hurricane Harvey, she and her dad, Les Hultquist, a Dot Foods retiree, purchased a used vehicle for the family and personally delivered it to them in Houston, Texas. Kimberly and Les remained in the area for a week to help with the relief efforts. 

“This incredibly generous gift from Dot Foods will help the Red Cross continue to assist those whose lives were turned upside down by the hurricanes,” said Lyn Hruska, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross Central and Southern Illinois Region. “Those affected by the hurricanes will need assistance in the days, weeks and months ahead and donations like this gift from Dot Foods enable the Red Cross to support residents with their recovery needs.” 

Dot Foods employees made the donations in late 2017, while simultaneously supporting two other, annual company charitable campaigns. 

“I was really moved by the generosity of our team—but not surprised,” said Dot Foods Executive Chairman John Tracy. “We have incredible people at Dot. They care deeply about their communities and are always among the first to step up and say, ‘How can we help?’ We’re proud to contribute to the great work the Red Cross and Houston Food Bank have done and will continue doing to assist hurricane victims.” 

More than 500 Red Cross volunteers continue to assist with long-term recovery efforts in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Volunteers are helping residents with recovery plans, financial assistance, accessing additional resources for housing and other necessities. 

To learn more about the American Red Cross disaster relief efforts, please visit To learn more about Dot Foods and their charitable giving programs, visit 

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross. 


Dot Foods Inc. carries 118,000 products from 835 food industry manufacturers making it the largest food industry redistributor in the United States. Through Dot Transportation Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Dot Foods, the company distributes foodservice, convenience, retail and vending products to distributors in all 50 states and more than 25 countries. Dot Foods operates ten U. S. distribution centers, which are located in Modesto, California; Vidalia, Georgia; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Illinois; Cambridge City, Indiana; Williamsport, Maryland; Liverpool, New York; Ardmore, Oklahoma; Dyersburg, Tennessee; and University Park, Illinois. Dot Foods’ Canadian operations are located in Toronto, Ontario and Calgary, Alberta. For information, visit 

Dot Foods and Dot Transportation continue to experience exceptional growth. Both companies are looking to fill several positions for full and part-time drivers and warehouse personnel in all U.S. locations. To learn more about careers at Dot Foods visit and follow @DotFoodsCareers.  For more on opportunities available with Dot Transportation, visit