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Company gives $5,000 gift of food to local pantry

Pastor John Reynolds of Calvary Baptist Church speaks on Wednesday of the good that a donation of $5,000 in food products will do through the food pantry that his church operates. Listening, left, is Rinda Kieffer, human resources manager at Dot Foods, which made the donation.

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com

CAMBRIDGE CITY — A food pantry run by Calvary Baptist Church just won a $5,000 shopping spree.

Dot Foods awarded the food pantry $5,000 worth of new food. The pantry will be allowed to choose from 127,000 products made by 930 food industry manufacturers.

Pastor John Reynolds journeyed to the Dot Foods redistribution center Wednesday, where company officials thanked the church for its work and talked about the award. Reynolds said the company had also donated a semi-truck load of food to the pantry in May.  

“Between May and August we served about 250 families with that food,” Reynolds said. The new donation, made as part of Dot Foods’ Neighbor-to-Neighbor Food Bank program, will help immensely, he said.

Another grant recipient talked of the need filled by local food pantries. The Rev. Stephen Gallaway of the First Assembly of God Church in New Castle said many of the people who come to that church’s food pantry are retired and have big pharmacy expenses.

“Because of donations like this from Dot Foods, they don’t have to choose between buying medicine or food,” Gallaway said.

A committee of local Dot Foods employees selected four food pantries in the area to receive donations, according to Randy Templin, general manager at the Cambridge City location. A total of $20,000 in donated food is involved.

The food pantry at Calvary Baptist, 309 W. 24th St., is open Fridays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-2 p.m. Anyone in need may get food there monthly, said Reynolds.

Other food pantries which received the donations are God’s Grain Bin and Shepherd’s Door, both in New Castle, and Gateway Hunger Relief Center in Richmond.

“We want to give back to our communities,” said Templin, noting that Dot Foods is a third-generation family-owned business. The company has 11 food redistribution centers and, altogether, they are making $250,000 in donations to food pantries this year.

The local plant’s charitable gifts committee includes Rinda Kieffer, human resources manager; Jennifer Moistner, human resources coordinator; Ashley Mays, driver recruiter; and Steve Finch, warehouse specialist.

Through Dot Transportation Inc., Dot Foods distributes food service, convenience, retail and vending products to distributors in all 50 states and other countries.