News Release
 September 10, 2021
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

(Williamsville, NY) - Tops Friendly Markets, along with our vendor partners GOYA, La Preferida, NY Produce, Romero Foods, La Banderita, Ole Mexican Foods, River Valley, are proud to support National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15, 2021) and local organizations like the Salvation Army - Templo Corps.

“At Tops we are proud to honor the lives and achievements of Hispanic Americans throughout our history especially during National Hispanic Heritage Month,” said Kathy Sautter, public and media relations manager for Tops Friendly Markets. “Together, with the support of our vendor partners, we are proud to be able to give back to our community by making donations to several local not for profit organizations throughout our footprint equating to well over $6,000 that truly serve our Hispanic communities each and every day. Today and always we honor the heritage, diversity, and integrity that is embodied by Hispanic Heritage Month.”

A check presentation and product donation will be made to the Salvation Army at their Family Food Festival being held on Saturday, October 9 at noon. This free event will feature food, worship music, dancing and more and takes place at the Salvation Army located at 749 South Warren Street, Syracuse.

Salvation Army’s Templo Corps worship community is a spiritually based ministry with individual and group services specifically for the Latino community. The programs focus on fellowship, spiritual growth, and recreational needs for adults and children. Sunday worship services are in Spanish.

History of the Salvation Army in Syracuse On a chilly March afternoon in 1883, a small crowd at the steps of the original Onondaga County Courthouse saw something remarkable. Four young volunteers armed only with hymns and tambourines, proclaimed God’s love. It was the first known Salvation Army activity in Upstate New York, and among the earliest Salvation Army efforts in the United States. In 1898, the “Workmen’s Hotel” was opened and a certificate of incorporation was granted by the State of New York the following year. By the turn of the century, The Salvation Army was well established in Syracuse, providing food and housing to those in need. Over the years, The Salvation Army has evolved to meet the changing needs of our community, developing innovative programs for children, families, teens and seniors. Today, we serve more than 38,000 people each year through 40 programs in 13 different locations in Onondaga County. The Salvation Army is available 365 days each year to provide a helping hand, without judgement. Our dedicated staff and talented volunteers work together to help each person whose life we touch reach his or her full potential.

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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