News Release
 September 4, 2020
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Family Meals Make Families Stronger

(Williamsville, NY) – Did you know that September is National Family Meals Month? Every year Tops has celebrated this occasion with you by showcasing the importance of having just one more meal together at the kitchen table, as a family, each week. But we recognize that over the last six months, the once hard-to-find family time has become a much celebrated new found togetherness. At Tops we want to help you breathe new life into family time and keep your Family Meals Strong. You’ll find at Tops we have inspirational grab and go meal ideas and fun themed dinners that everyone in the family will enjoy preparing - along with many new items like our own TOPS Brand protein blend frozen vegetables, riced cauliflower and broccoli, and an enhanced line of organic pasta. We are also challenging you and your family this month! Take part in a four-week Family Fun Challenge! Each week focus on a different theme with family building activities! Visit the Tops website at www. and print out each week’s challenge, set a goal as a family to finish, and have fun! Plus, keep your eyes peeled for a Tops Family Meal Theme Dinner Challenge where families will be asked to make a themed meal with your family and send us a snapshot of the finished product for chance to win a Tops gift card! Bonus points for decorations and costumes! Find even more inspiration on Tops’ Instagram and Facebook pages. From six healthier side dishes to leftover inspiration, Tops is here to lend you a hand! About National Family Meals Month National Family Meals Month is an industry-wide movement to raise awareness of the benefits of frequent family meals. The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) works collaboratively with retailers and manufacturers to bring families—from highchair to wheel chair—back to the table to share one more meal at home per week. -more-

The Gold Plate Award In 2019 Tops was the recipient of the Gold Plate Award from FMI. The FMI Foundation created the Gold Plate Award in 2013 to highlight the outstanding programs implemented by the retail food industry to encourage family meals. Examples include healthy family meals, quick and easy family meals and recipes, cooking with kids, themed dinners, breakfast with the family, MyPlate meals, and much more. The award recognizes outstanding programs that food retailers and suppliers have implemented, to encourage families to share more meals, together at home, more often. This is the first time Tops has been the recipient of this award, having received honorable mentions in 2017 and 2018. About Tops Friendly Markets

Tops Markets, LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 157 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 14,500 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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