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Dot Foods Helps the Hungry
Friday, 11 April 2014

April 11--  They say the economy is getting better, but there are still a lot of hungry people in the United States.

Dot Foods is trying to help with an infusion of cash from its ten regional transportation terminals including the one in Vidalia.  The company is donating $460,000 nationwide including $50,000 to the Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia.


Vidalia Dot manager Tim Truxel presented the check Wednesday at a ceremony in Savannah.

"The main purpose of the program is to reach out further with our charitable giving and to help stamp out hunger.  Us being food people, there is no better way to do it than to donate to the food banks," Truxel said.

Mary Jane Crouch from Second Harvest says the Dot money will provide 250,000 meals here in southeast Georgia, including Toombs County.

"We do a lot of programs in Toombs County including the mobile food pantry, the backpacks for children, several pantry programs, congregate feedings and we have the senior box where take boxes of food to senior citizens each month," Crouch reports.

According to Crouch, the Dot Foods contribution will help some 3 million people nationwide and many poor people in southeast Georgia.

"There are around 140,000 people in coastal Georgia who live below the povery level.  For a lot of those people, it means making the decison between buying medicine or being able to put gas in the car.

"A lot of people live one paycheck away from being homeless.  If they have a flat tire or a child who is sick and they have to buy medicine, that throws everything off  and they are not able to be able to provide for their family.

"If we can be a resource for food to keep that from happening, then we are able to help them do the other things in their life that they need to do," she said.


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