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Tops launches annual 'Check Out Hunger' campaign


Sat, Jan 22nd 2022 05:05 pm

Announces $20,000 donation from Lisa Miller Cutten Foundation

Tops Friendly Markets will kickoff this year’s “Check Out Hunger” campaign (Sunday, Jan. 23-Saturday, Feb. 12) with a generous donation from the Lisa Miller Cutten Foundation for $20,000. This will directly impact FeedMore WNY.

“FeedMore WNY is deeply grateful for the incredible partnership of the Lisa Miller Cutten Foundation,” said President and CEO Tara A. Ellis. “The foundation’s gift to our ‘Food 2 Families’ event allowed us to provide $10,000 worth of turkeys to community members in need. That donation was matched by Tops Friendly Markets in complementary food items, ensuring our hungry neighbors could enjoy a complete, hearty meal. We are humbled that the Lisa Miller Cutten Foundation is donating $20,000 to kickoff Tops Friendly Markets’ ‘Check Out Hunger’ campaign for FeedMore WNY. The foundation’s generosity and support will help FeedMore WNY provide nourishing food and hope to children, families and older adults throughout Western New York.”

Tops’ annual “Check Out Hunger” campaign has helped raise over $4,845,333 for participating food banks since 2006.

A press release stated, “According to a recent study by Feeding America, more than 38 million people, including 12 million children, face food insecurity in the United States. With the community’s support, however, we can make a difference. When shopping at Tops, simply tell your cashier you’d like to help Tops ‘Check Out Hunger,’ and a donation of $2, $3 or $5 will help provide food for your local food bank.”

“Eradicating hunger and assisting our fellow neighbors in need is part of Tops core mission, so supporting this effort on an annual basis is something that we gladly stand behind,” said Kristen Hanson, vice president of Center Store, Our Brands & Pharmacy; and FeedMore WNY board member.

Participating food banks that will benefit from this year’s “Check out Hunger” campaign include:

  • FeedMore Western New York        
  • Food Bank of Central New York                 
  • Foodlink of Rochester                     
  • Food Bank of Southern Tier
  • Food Bank of the Hudson Valley
  • Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania                  
  • Food Bank of Central Pennsylvania
  • Food Bank of Northeast New York 
  • Food Bank of Vermont

To learn more about Tops Friendly Markets and its charitable programs, visit


Based in Williamsville, Tops Markets currently operates 160 grocery stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, including five that are run by franchisees. For more information, visit www.topsmarkets.com.

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