News Release
 May 18, 2023
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Williamsville, N.Y. – It’s hard to believe that a little over three 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 $2.69 with $1 of the proceeds being donated back to five local community organization. Since its inception Tops is proud to say that $519,846 has been raised for area charities and at a time that these organizations need it most.

These bags support local chapters of organizations near and dear to our community: United Way, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Feeding America (including area Food Banks and Pantrys), and Children’s Miracle Network (including Children’s Hospitals). Tops even recently introduced a new Tops in Education (TIE) bag that links directly to its Tops in Education Program which provides much needed funds back to area school programs and services. The TIE program alone has raised over $1.2 Million dollars for area schools.

In addition to its philanthropic mission, the program helps Tops stay true to its environmental commitment of reducing its carbon footprint. In 2022 alone Tops reduced its use of plastic by over 424 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, director of corporate communications and public relations 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


Press Room Archive