News Release
 December 12, 2019
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops is once again looking for the communities support as it launches its 9th Annual Food for Families Campaign in Syracuse, NY. In 2019, Tops has set a goal to provide 2 million meals for our neighbors in need and invites you to be a part of this year’s campaign by making a donation either online or in store. Last year alone, the Syracuse community rallied together to help raise more than 77,000 meals.

While the Food for Families campaign officially kicked off on Sunday, November 24, 2019 across the chains three state imprint, the Little Brown Bag of Hope campaign will continue through December 28 in store and online. Customers can easily purchase a Little Brown Bag of Hope paper icon at the register anytime they shop. At the register customers will be asked if they want to support the campaign by buying a $5 Breakfast, $10 Lunch, and/or $20 Dinner for someone in need in our community.

Virtual Little Brown Bags of Hope will also be available for purchase online by simply visiting so no matter what the weather, a donation can be made right from their phone, tablet, or desktop. Here customers can select what food bank they wish their donation to benefit.

Many locals love the tradition of bringing or purchasing their donation at the store and joining the Tops team, local media sponsors WSYR News Channel 9, Y94, and B104, and volunteers for the one day food drive which will culminate with the Food for Families campaign on Friday, December 20, 2019. Donations can be made throughout the day at the following Tops Friendly Market locations:

3803 Brewerton Rd., N. Syracuse, NY 350 Towne Dr., Fayetteville, NY

“What a wonderful time of year with Food for Families partnership! We are excited to participate in the 9th year of this event to support families with essential food items they need. Food Bank truly appreciates the community support for purchasing Brown Bags of Hope. Thank you to all our partners for making this event so successful,” said Kathleen Stress, executive director for the Food Bank of Central NY

History of Food for Families What began as a one day campaign in Buffalo, NY to benefit the Food Bank of WNY has since expanded across the entire chains footprint reaching into Rochester, and Syracuse, NY as well as Erie, PA impacting nine local food banks. Last year alone, and thanks to the extreme generosity of the Syracuse, NY community, over 77,000 pounds of food were donated, and over 329,000 pounds of food were donated chain wide.


Tops Markets, LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets with five additional franchise stores and is the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York. As a leading grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont, and with the support of 14,000 associates, our core mission is to help our communities flourish. We support programs that seek to eradicate hunger and disease; promote the education of our youth; and to ensure we reduce environmental waste and energy consumption while providing our customers with sustainably sourced, high quality products. For more information, visit


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