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Buehler’s Fresh Foods Raises $160K During Harvest For Hunger Campaign

Buehler's Fresh Food employees holding Harvest for Hunger check
Leslie Genovese and Dan Flowers with the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank recently accepted a check from Buehler’s Fresh Foods. Representing the grocer at the presentation were Rich Bidinger, Paul Stefaniuk, Dave Cleckner, Nikki Bahler, Adrian Jackson, Wanda Zimmerman, Hope Murray, Peter O’Donnell and Nita Murray Photo courtesy of: Buehler's Fresh Foods.

Wooster, Ohio-based Buehler’s Fresh Foods has raised $160,896 – about 643,000 meals – through its register campaign and employee contests. 

“Buehler’s would like to thank our customers and teammates in supporting this worthwhile cause. Being in the food business and living in the communities we serve, Buehler’s is invested in making sure everyone has enough to eat, and we are proud to partner with the Akron-Canton Foodbank in this endeavor,” said Paul Stefaniuk, VP of operations.

“Everyone involved in the campaign recognizes the continued struggle for folks to put food on their tables due to rising food prices and how clearly vital the foodbank is to a multitude of families.”

Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the food bank, said, “Buehler’s Fresh Foods has been a significant partner of the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank and the Harvest for Hunger Campaign for many years. 

“Their corporate social responsibility values continue to positively impact and make a difference in the lives of our neighbors all year-round. They’re committed to the well-being of our community, and we are deeply grateful for their associates’ and customers’ support of local hunger-relief efforts.”

Buehler’s Fresh Foods has supported the Akron-Canton Foodbank as a Harvest for Hunger participant for the past 16 years. 

The Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank distributes food and other essential items through its network of more than 500 food pantries, hot meal sites, shelters, children and senior programs and other hunger-relief programs in Carroll, Holmes, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit, Tuscarawas and Wayne counties. Food insecurity affects one in six adults and one in four children.

“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,” the retailer shared in a statement.

Buehler’s Fresh Foods was founded in 1929 by E.L. Buehler and his wife, Helen. In 2017, Buehler’s went through a management buyout and formed an ESOP. The retailer operates 14 supermarkets, eight liquor agencies, outside catering, coffee shops and a food truck named Ferris.

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