News Release
 January 4, 2005
CONTACT: Stefanie Zakowicz

Over $25,000 Raised for Food Link of Greater Rochester

December 22 , 2004 Buffalo, NY  Due to an overwhelming show of support by Tops customers throughout Rochester and the surrounding counties, the Tops Markets Hope for the Holidays Program will donate $25,792 to Food Link of Greater Rochester. The donation will be used for food, warm clothing and toys for low-income families in Allegany, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Wyoming and Yates Counties who would otherwise go without at this time of year.

This is the program's fourth year and the generosity of our customers never ceases to amaze us," stated Karl Oesterle, Senior Community Relations Manager. Last year Hope for the Holidays raised $170,000, but this year it exceeded projections by raising a total of $226,000 in all of its markets.

Sponsored by Tops Markets, Hope for the Holidays is an annual three-week program that ran this year from November 14th to December 4th, to help brighten the holidays for needy families. In addition to the Hope for the Holidays donation, Tops donated an additional $6,500 in turkeys to Foodlink during the holiday season.

Tops Markets, LLC is one of six retail operating companies under Ahold USA, one of the leading supermarket operations in the U.S. Tops currently operates 161 Tops Markets and 202 convenience stores under the Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Tops Xpress banners, in New York, Pennsylvania and northeast New York. Tops website can be found at -end-

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