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Submitted by Tops Markets
It’s hard to believe that a little over three years ago Tops launched its highly successful “Tops Totes for Change.” This program encourages shoppers to purchase a reusable bag with a special charity design for just $2.69, with $1 of the proceeds being donated back to five local community organization. Since its inception, Tops is proud to say that $519,846 has been raised for area charities and at a time that these organizations need it most.
These bags support local chapters of organizations near and dear to our community: United Way, JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Feeding America (including area food banks and pantries), and Children’s Miracle Network (including Children’s Hospitals). Tops even recently introduced a new “Tops in Education” bag that links directly to its “Tops in Education” program, which provides much-needed funds back to area school programs and services. The “Tops in Education” program alone has raised over $1.2 million for area schools.
In addition to its philanthropic mission, the program helps Tops stay true to its environmental commitment of reducing its carbon footprint. In 2022 alone, Tops reduced its use of plastic by over 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,” said Kathy Sautter, director of corporate communications and public relations for Tops. “To see consumers, make the choice, however, to give back to these charities by purchasing a ‘Tops Totes for Change’ bag is truly heartwarming,”
To learn more about Tops sustainability efforts, visit https://www.topsmarkets.com/Sustainability/.