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Tops Friendly Markets teams with The Teacher's Desk in memory of Pancho Billa to help children in need


Wed, Aug 11th 2021 03:20 pm

Tops Friendly Markets has teamed up with The Teacher’s Desk in memory of Buffalo football superfan Ezra “Pancho Billa” Castro to help children in need this school year. Tops will be working with The Teachers Desk to fill backpacks with school supplies to help give students a good start to the school year.

Shoppers can help by donating to PanchoPacks by making a donation of $5, $10 or $20 at www.topsneighborshelpingneighbors.com, where 100% of the proceeds will directly support this worthwhile cause. Donations will be accepted through Aug. 28.

The Teacher’s Desk is a store where teachers shop free for items needed for their students to succeed in education. It annually distributes over $6 million in new school supplies to 6,000 teachers located at 250 schools serving 150,000 students. For the past three years, The Teacher’s Desk has provided 30,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, hygiene items and books to children in need. This fall, the goal is to make 13,000 more “PanchoPacks” for local kids going back to school.

The Teachers Desk supports students in pre-K through the 12th grade that have 70% or more of students participating in the Federal Free or Reduced School Lunch Program. Schools that are participating in the program are located throughout communities in all eight Western New York counties.

Tops said it is “grateful for the generous support of our many vendor partners, including Upstate Niagara Cooperative, Lactalis-Galbani, Kreher Family Farms, Chef's, Perry's Ice Cream, Sahlen's, Niagara Chocolates/Sweetworks, Rosina, Clarksburg Cider, General Mills, Kraft, Pepsi Cola, Land O' Frost, Butterball, Coca-Cola, Ferrero, Farm Rich, Artisanal Brewing Ventures, Buffalocal, Community Beer Works, Ellicottville Brewing Co., Big Ditch Brewing, Flying Bison, and Resurgence Brewing.”

For more information, visit www.topsmarkets.com.

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