Two of the Largest Team Up for Haiti

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (March 31, 2010) – When Pat Tracy challenged his employees to raise money to help Food For The Poor rebuild Haiti after the devastating earthquake rattled the country in January, employees at Dot Foods in Illinois generously opened their wallets for the cause. Tracy, who is chairman of the largest food redistributor in the United States, promised to match the donations dollar-for-dollar. Now, Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development agency in the United States, will put the donation directly toward relief and reconstruction efforts in Haiti.

“This kind of generosity will transform many lives in Haiti in a tremendous way,” said Robin Mahfood, President/CEO of Food For The Poor. “We are so grateful to the employees and the leadership at Dot Foods for everything they have done to help the poorest of the poor in Haiti. We thank them on behalf of all those who will benefit from the compassion Pat Tracy and his employees have shown both before and after this horrific earthquake.” 

Immediately after the quake, Dot partnered with the South Florida-based charity to reach out to various food manufacturers to coordinate truckloads of donated food for Haiti’s earthquake victims. Dot and Food For The Poor took charge of transporting the donated truckloads of food from the manufacturer’s warehouses, to the ports and then eventually to Haiti. This was all accomplished in addition to the internal fundraising efforts spearheaded by Pat Tracy.

For more than a decade, Dot has been working with Food For The Poor. Prior to the earthquake, the food redistribution company delivered food for Haiti on a monthly basis.

Dot Foods Inc. carries 92,000 products from 500 food industry manufacturers and is the largest food redistributor in the United States. Dot Foods and Dot Transportation sell and deliver foodservice, convenience, retail, vending, equipment and supplies to leading distributors in all 50 states. Dot Foods operates eight distribution centers in: Modesto, Calif.; Vidalia, Ga.; Burley, Idaho; Mt. Sterling, Ill.; Cambridge City, Ind.; Williamsport, Md.; Liverpool, N.Y.; and Ardmore, Okla. For information, visit www.dotfoods.com.

Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the United States, does much more than feed millions of hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian agency provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.foodforthepoor.org.

Contact:
Kathy Skipper

Marketing and Public Relations Manager

954.427.2222, ext. 6614

kathys@foodforthepoor.org