Buehler’s Fresh Foods would like to thank our customers, employees, and vendors for all the extraordinary efforts that went into raising funds for the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank during our Harvest for Hunger campaign.
“We are truly amazed that even during these anxious times our customers have found the time to donate to Harvest for Hunger. We are very proud that each one of our stores, on average, raised more than $10,000 per store. Thanks to the Akron/Canton Food Bank and their great people for all that they do to fight food insecurity in Ohio.” said Dan Shanahan, President & CEO of Buehler’s Fresh Foods.
Buehler’s Fresh Foods raised nearly $131,000, which translates into 524,000 meals, through our register campaign, fun employee contests, and food bins, which happened at a critical time for not only the Foodbank, but for every American citizen. Even during the Covid-19 pandemic, our people prevailed, and it’s a great comfort to know that even during these most difficult times, we can still rely on our customers and employees to think of those in need.
We had a stellar team at the helm coordinating, keeping track, and above all, staying organized and in touch with everyone involved. Kudos to the outstanding efforts of our Store Champions, Service & Facilities Managers, Kathy Bailey, Laura Pope, our Marketing team, and our Community Relations team.
“The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank is extremely grateful for Buehler’s commitment to not only continue to serve our community during this difficult time, but to remain diligent in their Harvest for Hunger Campaign collection efforts,” said Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the Foodbank. “It’s because of steadfast partnerships like these that enable us to serve our neighbors facing hunger. Their leadership is much appreciated and will be felt by families across this region.”
When asked about how this campaign was different from previous years, Bernie Rusnak, our New Philadelphia Store Manager (whose store raised $7,723.29 for H4H) stated, “Different just because of the epidemic and the stores were quite overwhelmed the first few weeks in mid March. As things settled, we were able to work more efficiently.”
Cherye Curlutu, Service and Facilities manager at our Dover store, stated that their store brought attention to the fact that school children were now at home full time, and parents needed to have more food available which helped promote the Foodbank.
A few facts about the Foodbank:
- They distribute food through a network of 500 agencies from food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters, and hunger relief programs.
- 263,200 different individuals receive food distributed by the Foodbank each year
- 1.21 lbs. =1 meal and $1 = 4 meals
- Food insecurity affects 1 in 7 individuals and 1 in 4 children
- Food insecure individuals do not always know where they will find their next meal.
Buehler’s Fresh Foods has proudly supported the Akron-Canton Foodbank as a Harvest for Hunger participant for the past twelve years. We want to do our part to end hunger in each of the communities we serve.
Our partnership with the Akron-Canton Foodbank aligns with our corporate values and goals, hence our continued relationship. We are an organization committed to putting people first and this campaign is all about taking care of people in need in our communities.
About Buehler’s Fresh Foods
Buehler’s Fresh Foods grocery store was founded in 1929 by E.L. Buehler and his wife, Helen. The family moved the business in 1932 to Wooster, and, after four generations, grew to 13 stores serving the northeast Ohio market. In 2017, Buehler’s became an ESOP (employee stock ownership program) with the belief that selling to their own employees was the best way to assure the continuation of the innovative and creative spirit which made the chain a benchmark for independent grocers.
Buehler’s Fresh Foods operates thirteen Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets located in Wooster (2), Orrville, Wadsworth, Medina (2), Ashland, New Philadelphia, Dover, Jackson Township (Canton), Coshocton, Portage Lakes (Green) and Massillon, Ohio.
Buehler’s Fresh Foods is committed to environmentally responsible behavior, local sourcing of product and supporting the communities in which we operate. For more information visit www.buehlers.com.