News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE:
 January 23, 2003
CONTACT: Stefanie Zakowicz
716-635-5885

   
TOPS FRIENDLY MARKETS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES FIRST-EVER GRANT RECIPIENTS
Williamsville, NY… The Tops Friendly Markets Foundation, at a breakfast gathering on January 23rd, announced the recipients of its first-ever grant distribution. The current recipients applied for grants during the Fall 2002 application period.

In all, the foundation presented $114,600 to organizations that support its mission of educating children and feeding those in need. The recipients also reflect the broad market area in which Tops does business, representing diverse communities throughout Western and Central New York and Northeast Ohio.

Recipients included:

 Boys and Girls Clubs of Buffalo, Inc. Buffalo, NY  Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers, Inc. Buffalo, NY  Cleveland Food Bank, Inc. Cleveland, OH  Community Kitchen at Christ Church Albion, NY  Gateway-Longview, Inc. Williamsville, NY  Great Lakes Science Center Cleveland, OH  Humane Society of Rochester and Monroe County at Lollypop Farm Fairport, NY  Junior Achievement of Western New York Buffalo, NY

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Also receiving grants:

 Karamu House, Inc. Cleveland, OH  Meals on Wheels of Buffalo and Erie County, Inc. Buffalo, NY  Niagara Arts Council Niagara Falls, NY  Rochester Museum & Science Center Rochester, NY  Volunteers of America of Western New York, Inc. Rochester, NY

In order to qualify, organizations had to be tax-exempt under IRS section 501(c)(3), had to support the foundation’s mission, and had to be requesting funding for a special project or program, not to cover administrative or operating expenses.

The foundation is currently accepting applications through February 15th for its Spring 2003 distribution. Applications are available for download from the Tops Friendly Markets website at www.topsmarkets.com, or by calling 716-635-1531.

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