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Ashlea Romano from Dot Foods carrying canned food donations into the Oswego Salvation Army food pantry

OSWEGO — National food distributor Dot Foods donated various canned food items and grains to charities across central New York on Tuesday as part of their Neighbor-to-Neighbor program.

Yearly, the program grants six local charities select a list of $5,000 worth of food items to keep in their pantry and redistribute to those in need. The Salvation Army locations in Fulton and Oswego were both selected this year to receive the food donations from the Liverpool-based branch of the company.

“For our company and for our culture, it is important we show up and do what we can for the community,” Dot Foods General Manager Adam Smith said. “If that means a donation to local food pantries then that is what Dot Foods is about.”

Heather Odom, director of the Salvation Army of Oswego County praised the donations, highlighting the company’s community involvement.

“Our feeding programs depend highly on the support of donations,” Odom said. “If we did not have food donations from the community and organizations like Dot Foods, we would not be able to provide the services we do.”

Linda West, a volunteer who operates the food pantry at the Oswego location said the pantry is focused on “helping individuals and families make ends meet.” 

The Salvation Army locations in Fulton and Oswego also offer a soup kitchen, free of charge and open to the public throughout the workweek from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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