News Release
 August 17, 2022
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Tops Totes for Change Program Expands to Benefit Local Schools

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, which encourages shoppers to purchase a reusable bag with a special charity design for just $2.69 with $1 of the proceeds being donated back to local community organization is proud to add a new Tops in Education bag which will benefit local schools in the community.

At Tops Friendly Markets, we are committed to helping the communities we serve. Schools are a big part of those communities. To date, Tops has donated more than $1.5 million dollars to local schools through the Tops in Education program (TIE). Tops has been committed to our local educators and most importantly, our youth, helping provide much needed funds to its daily curriculum and extracurricular programs by way of TIE and adding a TIE Tops Totes for Change bag will continue to help foster aid to the educational community.

Since its inception Tops is proud to say that $488,537 has been raised for area charities and at a time that these organizations need it most.

The Tops in Education bag will join four other charitable bags which include support for United Way, 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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