News Release
 August 15, 2014
CONTACT: Katie McKenna

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont, in partnership with ConAgra Foods, Nissin Foods and Del Monte Foods, today presented Meals on Wheels for Western New York (WNY) with a $15,000 donation – or enough funds to prepare and serve 3,000 fresh, nutritious meals. This donation helps enable Meals on Wheels for WNY to address the increasing need for hunger relief for the elderly and homebound in the WNY community. Tops’ President and CEO Frank Curci, Meals on Wheels for WNY President and CEO Tara Ellis, and representatives from Meals on Wheels and donating organizations were on hand to discuss this significant donation as well as the growing need for the services Meals on Wheels provides in the Western New York area.

“Helping to eradicate hunger is the lead component of our community mission,” said Frank Curci, Tops’ president and CEO. “Meals on Wheels for WNY does so much for our community and our neighbors, most of whom do not have the means or ability to secure meals on their own. We are dedicated to supporting the important work this organization does and along with our partners at ConAgra, Nissin and Del Monte, we are proud to present this donation.”

Meals on Wheels for WNY is the second largest home-delivered meal program in the nation (out of 5,000.) The organization operates its home-delivered program out of 25 home delivery sites, covering more than 1,100 square miles and serving 3,600 unique homebound clients each year. Meals on Wheels for WNY will serve its 27 millionth home-delivered meal this year. Another 4,000 mobile seniors are served at 43 congregate sites each year.

“We continue to grow as an organization. This year alone, we’ve added five new towns in the Southern Tier and have recently decided to add a second van route on the East Side to manage overflow from our city sites, where the need for service is particularly high,” Tara A. Ellis, President and CEO, Meals on Wheels for WNY, said. “Donations from companies like Tops, ConAgra, Nissin, and Del Monte make it possible for us to focus on what’s most important – providing food and friendship to our senior neighbors. We’re deeply appreciative of their support.”

On Friday, Meals on Wheels staff also provided tours of the 24,000 sq. ft., state-of-the-art, on-site commissary. The Meals on Wheels commissary enables safe, efficient large scale production of meals, making it possible to serve traditional clients and to ramp up production for the entire community in the event of an emergency. # # #

About Tops Friendly Markets Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 161 full-service supermarkets – 156 company-owned and five franchise locations. With more than 15,000 associates, Tops is a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and western Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at

About Food Meals on Wheels for WNY Meals on Wheels for Western New York, Inc. is an independent nonprofit serving the nutritional needs of Erie County. Through the home-delivered meal program, Meals on Wheels serves nearly 900,000 meals each year to 3,600 homebound seniors and disabled individuals who have a limited ability to prepare meals for themselves. Through the congregate program, Meals on Wheels prepares more than 275,000 meals each year, which are served to mobile seniors at dining sites throughout Erie County. With more than 1,500 meal delivery volunteers, Meals on Wheels for Western New York is one of the largest volunteer-based organizations in the region. The essential work done by Meals on Wheels for Western New York is made possible by generous financial support from community members, local foundations and corporations, as well as through grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, New York State Office for the Aging and Erie County’s Departments of Senior Services and Social Services. For more information, visit


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