Buehler’s Fresh Foods Raises $138.5K for Local Foodbanks

WOOSTER, Ohio- April 29, 2015

All fifteen Buehler stores and office/warehouse teamed with customers to raise more than $131,133 and collect over two tons of food products (which translates into $7,367) for a total donation of $138,500 during the annual Harvest for Hunger campaign. The food and dollars will provide emergency food at no cost to local pantries, meal sites and shelters in the communities of Buehler’s stores.

“We are over the moon with joy and thrilled by these incredible results; Buehler’s has such remarkable customers!”  said Dan Flowers, president & CEO of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank. “We’ve seen great personal involvement, commitment and compassion on behalf of the leadership and associates at Buehler’s, and we are proud of the kinship we feel in our work to provide food for all people in our community.”

In a six week period, from February 22 – April 5, Buehler’s participated in the Harvest for Hunger awareness campaign aimed at fighting hunger in 21 of Ohio’s counties in which customers and employees donated $1, $5, or $10 at check-out.

“We are extremely grateful to our customers and store teams who opened their hearts and tripled their giving over last year,” stated Dan Shanahan, Buehler’s President and COO. “Thanks to their generosity, average donations per store neared an unprecedented $10K in only six weeks. Working together we can achieve great things to make a difference for our neighbors and friends.”

This is the 4th consecutive year that Buehler’s Fresh Food has participated in the annual Harvest for Hunger campaign. Customer and store teams have raised nearly a quarter of a million dollars since 2012 in the fight against hunger. The 2015 Buehler Harvest for Hunger donations will directly support the member agency food banks, pantries, and shelters in the counties and communities home to Buehler’s stores.

About Harvest for Hunger.  Harvest for Hunger is a collaboration of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank, Cleveland Foodbank, Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio and Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley, serving 21 counties in Northeast and North Central Ohio with a goal to raise 17 million meals. All donations remain local and provide emergency food at no cost to pantries, meal sites and shelters for each respective food bank. In addition to these foodbanks, Buehler’s partnered with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank to cover their Coshocton and Delaware, Ohio locations.

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is a non-profit organization with a mission to Feed People and Fight Hunger. This year, 1 in 7 people in Northeast Ohio will face hunger, and the Foodbank will be there to help.  The Foodbank is the source of emergency food for 500 food pantries, hot meal sites shelters and other hunger-relief programs that directly serve individuals and families in Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties. The Foodbank, with its supporters and partners are leading the fight to end hunger in the communities they serve. In 2014, they distributed 26 million pounds of food, providing 22 million meals locally for people in need.

About Buehler’s:  E&H Family Group owns and operates fifteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods Supermarkets located in Wooster, Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina, Brunswick, Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township, Delaware, Coshocton, and Portage Lakes (Green), and Massillon, Ohio.

E&H Family Group also owns and operates fourteen ACE Hardware stores located in Orrville, Medina, Dover, New Philadelphia, Delaware, Jackson Township, Independence, Rocky River, Westlake, Middlefield, Oberlin, Avon Lake, Garrettsville, Hilliard, and coming soon to Canton, Ohio. E & H Family Group is a family-owned company committed to environmentally responsible behavior.  For more information visit  www.buehlers.com