News Release
 August 11, 2021
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

(Williamsville, NY) - Tops Friendly Markets is pleased to announce that it has teamed up with The Teacher’s Desk in memory of Buffalo football superfan, Ezra “Pancho Billa” Castro to help children in need this school year. Tops will be working with the Teachers Desk to fill backpacks with school supplies to help give students a good start to the school year. Tops shoppers can help by donating to PanchoPacks by making a donation of $5, $10, or $20 at where 100% of the proceeds will directly support this worthwhile cause. Donations will be accepted through August 28, 2021.

The Teacher’s Desk is a store where teachers shop free for items needed for their students to succeed in education. They annually distribute over $6 million in new school supplies to 6,000 teachers located at 250 schools serving 150,000 students. For the past three years, The Teacher’s Desk has provided 30,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene items, and books to children in need. This fall, they have a goal to make 13,000 more “PanchoPacks” for local kids going back to school.

The Teachers Desk supports students in pre-K through the 12th grade that have 70% or more of students participating in the Federal Free or Reduced School Lunch Program. Schools that are participating in the program are located throughout our communities in all eight Western New York counties of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming as well as schools in Monroe and Livingston counties.

Tops is grateful for the generous support of our many vendor partners including Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Lactalis-Galbani, Kreher Family Farms, Chef's, Perry's Ice Cream, Sahlen's, Niagara Chocolates/Sweetworks, Rosina, Clarksburg Cider, General Mills, Kraft, Pepsi Cola, Land O' Frost, Butterball, Coca-Cola, Ferrero, Farm Rich, Artisanal Brewing Ventures, Buffalocal, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing Co., Big Ditch Brewing, Flying Bison, and Resurgence Brewing.


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


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