Local pantries will be given thousands of dollars worth of food products from Dot Foods in Williamsport.

Inside the DOT Foods warehouse in Williamsport, one of the largest food industry redistributors will donate $5,000 worth of food products to six local pantries.

“I’m getting ready to break down a pallet that has multiple items on them,” said Chris Sines, warehouse worker.

The donations are part of the company’s Neighbor to Neighbor program, which started in 2010. This year, the company is donating directly to the food pantries, which are located in Hagerstown, Martinsburg, Winchester, Hancock and McConnellsburg.

On Friday, staff from the six pantries toured the facility. They will select the $5,000 worth of food products from Dot’s inventory.

“It was a great surprise when I got the phone call from Becky at DOT to tell us that we would be receiving the gift. And then, of course, we received a list of food products to choose from. So it was almost like making a Christmas list,” said Deborah Cohill, Executive Director of the Interfaith Service Coalition.

Brian Duffield, General Manager at the Williamsport facility, says their approach this year is to connect with the community.

“If they’re in Martinsburg or Pennsylvania or Western Maryland, that they can see the impact on their specific communities in which they live,” said Duffield.  

“We could not feed the amount of people that we feed if it wasn’t for donations from the community, whether it’s individuals or businesses,” said  Kimberly Buchanan, director of development for the Washington County Community Action Council.

And those working here say they are glad to be giving back to their neighborhoods

“Just being a part of it, knowing you work for a company that does stuff like that for the community is great,” said Sines.

Dot Foods will begin making deliveries next Wednesday and Thursday.