News Release
 August 22, 2017
CONTACT: Kathy Romanowski

Williamsville, NY – With an aim to inspire families to eat at home together more often, Tops Friendly Markets is celebrating National Family Meals Month™ in September, encouraging customers to share one more meal together per week at home, by highlighting how affordable and healthier meal solutions can be found in nearly every aisle, every day. Numerous studies underscore the long-term health, academic and societal benefits of consistently eating together as a family, yet, according to a 2013 Harris poll, only 30 percent of American families share dinner every night. In addition, recent research proves that people who frequently cook at home eat fewer, healthier calories.' “September is the perfect month to spotlight the long-term benefits of family meals, and start a conversation that encourages and inspires people to return to the kitchen,” said, Kathy Romanowski, public and media relations specialist for Tops Friendly Markets. “Juggling the demands of modern life—school, sports, jobs and long commutes— can sabotage the best laid plans for home-cooked meals. We want to help our shoppers make wholesome meals together, at home, a modern family tradition.” “Interest in creating more opportunities for families to eat meals together is at a critical point in our society,” said Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO of the Food Marketing Institute, creator of National Family Meals Month™. “The will to return to the table exists, but families need a friendly, familiar voice to encourage, guide and help them. That voice comes from their neighborhood grocer.” TOPS Encourages You to Raise Your Mitt to Commit™ to One More Meal at Home per Week TOPS is encouraging the community to join the National Family Meals movement by pledging to have one more meal at home per week. Beginning August 20 through September 30, 2017, TOPS will be sharing great tips on how you can spend more quality meal time together. Simply go to the TOPS Facebook page, @topsfriendlymarkets where you’ll find: • Easy meal solutions and recipes that the whole family can enjoy making together • Fun contests where you can win great TOPS prizes when you post pictures of you and your family preparing meals together. Be sure to use the hashtag #familymealsmonth • Conversation starters to help generate lively dialogue around the table • Chances for you to share your own great ideas of how you come together as a family and your great recipes.

TOPS is even partnering with Smithfield Foods, Inc. and regional Food Banks across TOPS four state imprint to make sure that everyone has a healthy meal on their table. Beginning September 3 – 9, 2017 for every share the community makes of the “Raise Your Mitt to Commit” video on Facebook, one meal will be donated to the local Food Bank. “At TOPS, we are committed to helping eradicate hunger. Through a variety of corporate, supplier, and customer donations programs, TOPS distributes over $4 million each year to help feed those in need and this is yet another way we’re looking to give back,” said Romanowski. ### 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 National Family Meals Month™ As the voice of food retail, the Food Marketing Institute created National Family Meals Month™ as a nationwide, annual event to highlight the mealtime solutions offered by grocers and to encourage families to share one more meal at home per week. 'Source Note: Cornell University College of Human Ecology Department of Policy Analysis and Management: Do Family Meals Really Make a Difference?, Eliza Cook, Rachel Dunifon. 2012; Accessed [date],


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