News Release
 September 27, 2018
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont, is pleased to launch the second annual School Pride Food Drive. The program, going on now thru October 19, 2018 is being held in conjunction with the Village of Depew and is being conducted at the Tops located at 6363 Transit Rd., Depew. Three area High Schools and three Elementary Schools will be competing to collect the most food to benefit three local food pantries.

The Schools in competition are Depew High School, St. Mary's of Lancaster High School, Lancaster High School, John Sciole Elementary, Hillview Elementary, and Cayuga Heights Elementary. The Food Pantries that will benefit from the competition are Tri Community Food Pantry, St. Martha's, and Trinity Episcopal.

“We’re excited to conduct the food drive again this school year,” said Audrey Hamernik, a community champion for Tops Friendly Markets. “At Tops we are committed to eradicating hunger and enhancing the quality of life for children through education and by way of this food drive, we are not only educating our children about the importance of giving back and helping those less fortunate, but we are engaging them as well with each donation they make on behalf of their school.”

Each school will be led in the competition by their respective leader's club. The leader's club will coordinate with their classmates to collect nonperishable food items and bring it to the Tops location in Depew. The school with the highest percentage of food collected will win a "School Pride" plaque as well as a High school dance party or elementary school ice cream social. The winning school will also be announced during a press conference presentation held at Tops on Saturday, October 20 at noon.

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Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 169 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs over 14,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company's website at


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