News Release
 November 15, 2004
CONTACT: Stefanie Zakowicz

Customers participate in events and promotions to give back to their community

Williamsville, NY  This holiday season, Tops Markets is offering their customers various opportunities to help support Foodlink FoodBank and its mission to feed those in need. Through various events and promotions, Tops customers will have the opportunity to give back to their community and help brighten the holidays for needy families.

Our customers have shown their dedication to Foodlink FoodBank and the Rochester community in the past and Im sure they will once again prove how generous Rochestarians can be, stated Mike Davidson, regional vice president, Tops Markets. Last year $24,000 was raised by our customers who donated $1 at Tops registers and 30,000 pounds of food was collected from food drive barrels outside of Tops locations.

Throughout November and December, Tops customers have a number of options to help support Foodlink FoodBank: § Community Food Drive - kicks off November 14th and runs through December 4th. Green food drive barrels will be placed at the entrances of area Tops locations for customers to drop off their non-perishable goods.

§ Hope for the Holidays - a shopper friendly program that encourages Tops customers to help Foodlink FoodBank by adding $1 to their grocery bill. The program runs from November 14th through December 4th. All proceeds raised will help support Foodlink FoodBank this holiday season.

§ BonusCard Turkeys - gives Tops customers the option to donate their BonusCard points to Foodlink FoodBank during the month of November for the food bank to receive additional turkeys. Those customers who have earned 250 points on their BonusCard can donate their Free Turkey Certificate to Foodlink FoodBank.


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Foodlink FoodBank staff and volunteers at area Tops locations will also collect food donations November 22-24 to stuff the Turkey Truck. Shoppers will be encouraged to buy additional non-perishable food items to donate to the food bank. Below are the locations and times for the food collection events: § Monday, November 22 from 8:00am - 6 or 6:30pm at Tops located at 1100 Jefferson Rd. § Tuesday, November 23 from 8:00am - 6 or 6:30pm at Tops located at 1601 Penfield Rd. § Wednesday, November 24 from 8:00am  6 or 6:30pm at Tops located at 3507 Mt. Read Blvd.

In an event held recently at Foodlink FoodBanks warehouse on Exchange Street, Tops Markets donated 200 turkeys for distribution to area human service providers. Over 96 agencies across Rochester will receive holiday assistance through Foodlink FoodBank this Thanksgiving.

Foodlink FoodBank is our communitys dynamic food-based resource, dedicated to addressing and resolving the deeper issues that underlie the hunger and poverty of those among us. We have brought innovative, efficient, and collaborative leadership to this effort for nearly three decades.

Tops Markets, LLC, is one of six retail-operating companies under Ahold USA, and the leading supermarket chain in Western New York. Tops currently operates 161 Tops Markets in three states and 202 convenience stores under the Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Tops Xpress banners. Founded in 1962, Tops employs nearly 21,000 associates. For more information about Tops, visit the company's website at



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