News Release
 August 17, 2017
CONTACT: Kathy Romanowski

Program aimed at eradicating hunger, donating funds to Food Bank of CNY

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts once again teamed up with Syracuse University’s Athletics Program to donate $3,220 to Food Bank of Central New York for the ‘TOPS Attack Hunger” program. The money raised from the program will provide nourishment and resources for those who are food insecure in Central New York.

The final donation total was tabulated after the University’s athletic season came to a close. For every win that Syracuse University achieved across its athletic platform (which includes Football, Field Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Women’s Ice Hockey, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Women’s Tennis, Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse, and Softball)Tops Friendly Markets donated $20 to Food Bank of Central New York. After 161 wins were recorded for the 2016-2017 season, the total donation amounted to $3,220.

“Tops is committed to eradicating hunger in our communities and ‘TOPS Attack Hunger’ addresses that promise head-on,” said Frank Curci, Tops’ CEO and chairman of the board. “Even one family left hungry is one too many—this program brings us one step closer to ending hunger in our communities, once and for all.”

“We appreciate our partnership with TOPS to parlay the success of our coaches and student-athletes into a benefit for the community, said director of athletics John Wildhack. “It is a privilege to play a small part in the fight to end hunger in Central New York.”

This year’s “TOPS Attack Hunger” donation will provide more than 9,600 meals to local families in need.

“Tops Friendly Markets and Syracuse University athletics are top notch entities and we feel empowered knowing they support the mission to provide wholesome food to our neighbors in need,” stated Kathleen Stress, executive director, Food Bank of Central New York. “We are thrilled to have been chosen once again to receive the proceeds from the TOPS Attack Hunger promotion. All funds received will allow us to provide food for nutritious meals in our eleven county service area.”

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About Tops Friendly Markets

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 173 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs more than 15,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at

About the Food Bank of Central New York

Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through nutritious food distribution, education, and advocacy in cooperation with the community. Food Bank serves as the primary food supplier for 262 emergency food assistance programs in 11 counties of New York State, distributing 14,076,561 pounds of food last year. Food Bank of Central New York is a certified member of Feeding America. Visit for more information on the agency and its programs.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University sponsors 20 intercollegiate athletics teams, including 12 for women and eight for men, as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. The more than 600 student-athletes are supported by an elite group of head coaches and support staff, which includes nearly 200 professionals. Six programs have combined to win Syracuse’s 28 national championships. In the last 21 years, Syracuse has played for six national championships, has won 30 league championships and earned 33 coach of the year awards. Syracuse student-athletes also succeed in the classroom. In 2016-17, 14 Orange teams recorded a perfect 1,000 APR single-year score and the cumulative GPA of the student-athletes was a 3.08. Syracuse annually has student-athletes honored as Academic All-Americans, and teams recognized for high academic achievement by various external organizations.


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