A little over two years ago, Tops launched “Tops Totes for Change.” This program encourages shoppers to purchase a reusable bag with a special charity design for $1.99, with $1 of the proceeds donated back to four local community organization. Since its inception, Tops is proud to say that more than $403,000 has been raised for area charities.
“It is no secret that the last two years have been challenging for nonprofits,” said Michael Weiner, president and CEO of United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. “The funds raised by the ‘Tops Totes for Change’ initiative have helped United Way provide immediate relief to those recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing to build long-term solutions that support the education, health and financial well-being of our entire community.”
In addition to supporting United Way, “Totes for Change” benefits JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Feeding America, and Children’s Miracle Network. Within those organizations, the funds are benefitting area local chapters including children’s hospitals and food banks.
In addition to its philanthropic mission, the program helps Tops stay true to its environmental commitment of reducing its carbon footprint. In 2021 alone, Tops reduced its use of plastic bags and film by 490 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, public and media relations manager for Tops.
To learn more about Tops sustainability efforts, visit https://www.topsmarkets.com/Sustainability/.
Based in Williamsville, Tops Markets currently operates 150 grocery stores in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont, including five that are run by franchisees. For more information, visit www.topsmarkets.com.