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Tops ‘Totes For Change’ Aids Local Charities Through Donations


More than three years ago, Williamsville, New York-based Tops launched its Tops Totes for Change program.

The program encourages shoppers to purchase a reusable bag with a charity design for $2.69 with $1 of the proceeds being donated to five local community organizations. Since its inception, Tops has raised $519,846 for area charities.

These bags support local chapters of organizations, such as the United Way, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Feeding America including area food banks and pantries and Children’s Miracle Network including children’s hospitals. 

The grocer also recently introduced a new “Tops in Education” bag that links to its Tops in Education Program, which provides much needed funds back to area school programs and services. The TIE program alone has raised more than $1.2 million dollars for area schools.

In addition to its philanthropic mission, the program helps Tops commit to its environmental commitment of reducing its carbon footprint. In 2022, it reduced its use of plastic by more than 424 tons.

“Our consumers have a wide array of reusable bags to choose from that consist of cloth and recycled materials which can easily and economically be purchased at the store. To see consumers, make the choice however, to give back to these charities by purchasing a Tops ‘Totes for Change’ bag is truly heartwarming,” said Kathy Sautter, director of corporate communications and public relations.

Tops Markets operates 150 grocery stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, including five that are run by franchisees.

To learn more about its sustainability efforts, visit topsmarkets.com/sustainability.

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