As part of Buehler’s Fresh Foods commitment to giving back to its local communities, the Wooster, Ohio-based grocery retail chain participated in a Life is Why We Give campaign between Sept. 15 and Oct. 13, asking customers to buy a $1, $3 or $5 heart in support of the American Heart Association of Stark and Wayne counties. Customers were encouraged to write their “why” on hearts, which were posted at each of the stores to raise awareness. Buehler’s Wooster Milltown Store Manager Jack Rohrbaugh, Wooster Towne Market Store Manager Geri Shie and Towne Market Service and Facilities Manager Nita Murray presented a check for $38,045 to Jenn Fortney and Jenny Peshina of the American Heart Association.
In Stark and Wayne counties alone, heart disease and stroke claim 2,500 lives every year. In the last year alone, the American Heart Association has trained more than 22,000 community members in CPR, reached more than 21,000 people through blood pressure screenings and funded $22.3 million dollars for research. At the state level, the American Heart Association helped pass Tobacco 21, a law that raises the legal age to buy cigarettes, vape pens and other tobacco products from 18 to 21.
Buehler’s Fresh Foods is an employee-owned company that operates 13 Buehler’s Fresh Foods supermarkets in Ohio.