News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:
 March 18, 2021
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

   
TOPS SURPASSES GOAL RAISING MORE THAN 3.25 MILLION MEALS FOR AREA FOOD BANKS - WNY
“With Tops in our corner, we are able to continue our mission of providing dignity, hope and a brighter future to our Western New York neighbors in need.”

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops is committed to helping end hunger in its local communities and is proud to support its partners like FeedMore WNY, Vermont Foodbank, Foodlink, Food Bank of the Hudson Valley, 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. That is why we are proud to announce that the holiday Food to Families and recent Check Out Hunger campaigns conducted by Tops have surpassed our goal and are helping provide more than 3.25 million meals to our local partners! 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.

“FeedMore WNY is deeply grateful for the continued partnership of Tops Friendly Markets and its customers. For nearly three decades, Tops Friendly Markets has been generously supporting FeedMore WNY and the community members we serve. Their recent partnership through the Food 2 Families and Check Out Hunger drives raised more than $314,000 and 266,400 pounds of food to help our hunger-relief organization respond to the unprecedented need for food assistance in Western New York due to the pandemic. With Tops in our corner, we are able to continue our mission of providing dignity, hope and a brighter future to our Western New York neighbors in need,” Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO of FeedMore WNY, said.

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%.

### 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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