News Release
 March 9, 2022
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Williamsville, N.Y. – It’s hard to believe that a little over two years ago Tops Launched its highly successful Tops Totes for Change program. This program encourages shoppers to purchase a reusable bag with a special charity design for just $1.99 with $1 of the proceeds being donated back to four local community organization. Since its inception Tops is proud to say that $403,257 has been raised for area charities and at a time that these organizations need it most.

“It is no secret that the last two years have been challenging for nonprofits,” says Michael Weiner, President & CEO of United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. “The funds raised by the Tops Totes for Change initiative have helped United Way provide immediate relief to those recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to build long-term solutions that support the education, health, and financial well-being of our entire community.”

In addition to supporting United Way, Totes for Change benefits JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Feeding America, and Children’s Miracle Network. Within those organizations the funds are benefitting area local chapters including Children’s Hospitals and area Food Banks.

In addition to its philanthropic mission, the program helps Tops stay true to its environmental commitment of reducing its carbon footprint. In 2021 alone Tops reduced its use of plastic bags and film by 490 tons.

“Our consumers have a wide array of reusable bags to choose from that consist of cloth and recycled materials which can easily and economically be purchased at the store. To see consumers, make the choice however, to give back to these charities by purchasing a Tops Totes for Change bag is truly heartwarming,” said Kathy Sautter, public and media relations manager for Tops.

To learn more about Tops sustainability efforts visit their website at


About Tops Friendly Markets Based in Williamsville, NY, Tops Markets currently operates 150 grocery stores in New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont, including five that are run by franchisees. As the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York, with over 14,000 associates, the company is dedicated to providing sustainably sourced, high-quality products, while helping its communities flourish via support for programs that eradicate hunger and disease, educate youth and reduce environmental waste and energy consumption. For more information, visit


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