News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:
 March 15, 2021
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

   
TOPS SURPASSES GOAL RAISING MORE THAN 3.25 MILLION MEALS FOR AREA FOOD BANKS - PA
The Tops campaigns helped us raise more than 55,000 pounds of food!

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops is committed to helping end hunger in its local communities and is proud to support its partners like FeedMore WNY, Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, Foodlink, Food Bank of Central New York, and five additional Food Banks across New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. It goes without saying that these worthwhile organizations have been impacted beyond measure more so than ever during the pandemic and are incredibly grateful for the tremendous support of both the holiday Food for Families and Check Out Hunger campaigns conducted by Tops and that is why we are proud to announce that we have surpassed our goal and are helping provide more 3.25 million meals! This significant contribution continues to impact hundreds of thousands of families across Tops’ three state footprint as donations continue to be delivered to local Food Banks.

Even before the pandemic hit, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an estimated 13.7 million homes or 10.5% of all homes in the United States experienced food insecurity at some point during 2019. That equates to more than 35 million Americans uncertain where their next meal might come from. And it hasn’t slowed down. As a matter of fact, many of the participating food banks that have benefitted from Tops efforts have indicated that the need was up more than 40%.

“The Central Pennsylvania Food Bank is proud of the partnership we have with Tops Markets. We received more than 55,000 pounds of food through our partnership with Tops,” said Joe Arthur, executive director of the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shined a light on food insecurity in our area and our food bank has seen a 40% increase in demand for charitable food over the past year, with many families visiting for the first time. Partners like Tops Markets help us put healthy food on the tables of more people in need and we truly appreciate their support as we remain committed to our vision that no one should be hungry.”

### 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 15,000 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 www.topsmarkets.com

 

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