John Heuer: Making a Difference Forever

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John Heuer first got involved with the Freestore Foodbank 15 years ago when the late Bob Edwards, founder and former chair of the Rubber Duck Regatta invited John to serve on his committee.  John gladly accepted the invitation.  “My belief is that people should have their basic needs met: food, shelter and clothing. Not having that is a horrible thing. That is one of the reasons I support the Freestore Foodbank.”

“If you care about hunger and what that means, you will understand what the Freestore Foodbank does for our community. “ John recalls volunteering with his team from Heinz to load rubber ducks into tractor trailers for their trip to the river for the annual Regatta. It was a sweltering summer day and it was a lot of hard work. But the team had an absolutely wonderful time and asked if they could participate every year thereafter.  “I am blown away by the passion every team member brings to the Rubber Duck Regatta Executive Committee. I am equally impressed by how dedicated each employee is to the mission of the Freestore Foodbank.”

John’s experience as a volunteer led him to get involved in other aspects of the Freestore Foodbank’s work. John hosted a Chef’s Table dinner prepared by Cincinnati COOKS! Second Course advanced students as part of their training. During the event these Cincinnati COOKS! Students spoke with John’s guests about what brought them to the program. “It was remarkable to hear the stories. There was not a dry eye in the place,” he says.

John and his wife Debbie have supported the Freestore Foodbank for more than ten years and a few years ago decided to make the organization part of their estate plans. They are dedicated not only to helping meeting immediate needs, but also ensuring that the Freestore Foodbank can continue fighting hunger and poverty for years to come.