Neighbors Helping Neighbors Helping Children Hunger Community Programs

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

TOPS Markets® is proud of our work with hundreds of local organizations in the communities we serve – our community partners. Our partnered success last year, with you, our customer, gave TOPS the opportunity to make donations in excess of $7 million to not-for-profit organizations that share our belief that by helping to feed those in need and enhancing the quality of life for children through education and excellent health care, we build a strong future together.

We look forward to this continued relationship with our customers and a future of giving to the needs of our community.

These partners across New York, Northern Pennsylvania and Vermont include:

  • Children's Miracle Network Hospitals
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • Salvation Army
  • Regional Food Banks
  • and many other local charities, educational and cultural organizations.

Helping Children

safeplace logo

Tops Friendly Markets is proud to partner with Compass House on the implementation of Safe Place within Erie County. Now, the Erie and Monroe County stores are all working together to serve as a Safe Place site, providing assistance to youth between the ages of 12-17, who are in crisis and need immediate help.

For further information, click on the Safe Place logo or call one of the following numbers:

716-886-1351 (Erie County)
585-271-7670 (Monroe County)


Kids near lake

Each July, TOPS stores sell paper Children's Miracle Network balloons to customers for $1 each. The money raised from balloon sales is donated to each of the CMN affiliate hospitals serving our stores' individual marketing areas. In 2015, through the generosity of our customers and associates TOPS raised over $500,000 for these hospitals:

  • Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, NY
  • Golisano Children’s Hospital at URMC, Rochester, NY
  • Arnot Ogden Medical Center, Elmira, NY
  • Health Science Center Foundation at Syracuse, Inc.
  • Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital
  • Janet Weis Children's Hospital at Geisenger Medical Center, Danville, NY
  • Samaritan Health Center, Watertown, NY
  • Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Foundation, Utica, NY
  • St.Vincent Health System, Erie, PA
  • Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT
  • Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center, Albany, NY


walk to cure diabetes

TOPS Associates and our customers come together each Spring and Fall in the fight against Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes. We ask our customers to join us in raising funds to help fight this insidious disease by purchasing paper sneakers for $1 at the cash register. 100% of the money raise is donated to the JDRF chapters in the areas we serve to help find a cure that will liberate thousands of children from the daily toll this condition takes on their lives. TOPS associates also organize walk teams in dozens of stores to participate in local JDRF fund-raising walk events in Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Jamestown, Elmira, Utica, Binghamton, Canton/Potsdam and Erie, PA.
In 2016, TOPS associates and our customers raised and donated $500,000 to help find a cure.


TOPS provides sponsorships for a variety of Little League and Youth sports teams with outfield fence signage, scoreboards and team uniforms. TOPS believes that by encouraging healthy physical activity, sports skill, team play and by fostering the ideas for good sportsmanship, we build healthier children and stronger communities. Contact your local store manager or click on the Donations Request link on the navigation tool above if you would like your league or team to be considered for support.


At TOPS, we are committed to helping eradicate hunger. Through a variety of corporate, supplier and customer donations programs, TOPS distributes over $5 million each year to help feed those in need. Much of this work is done through the network of regional food banks serving in our marketing areas in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont. To locate and learn more about the regional Food Bank serving your area visit


This program runs in our NY/PA stores annually in late January/February. In 2016, through the generosity of our customers and associates, TOPS raised over $360,000 for our regional food banks.


Every year, TOPS sends millions of dollars worth of damaged product to reclamation. A major portion of this product is sent to food banks for distribution to the needy.


Non-profit organizations may apply to receive day old bakery products from our stores. Once the organization is approved, a pick up schedule is determined with their local TOPS store. The organization is then able to pick up day old product and use it to help feed the hungry.

Other Community Programs

Kids in field

TOPS and our associates provide annual support to 30 local United Ways throughout our operating area. Through our annual campaign, our associates donated over $240,000 through payroll dedications in 2015. In addition, TOPS provides annual corporate donations on a per store basis to each of the United Ways in our marketing area and also underwrites a variety of United Way volunteer training and recognition activities.


TOPS has partnered with the Salvation Army for more than 35 years. Each holiday season we invite the Salvation Army Red Kettle bell ringers into our stores and ask our customers to support the Salvation Army with cash donations.  Last year the Salvation Army raised over $700,000 at TOPS locations through this traditional holiday fundraising drive.


TOPS honors the lives and achievements of prominent men and women, events, and the ethnic celebrations of our customers with a variety of in-store events and activities throughout the year including ethnic food demonstrations, in-store vocal and musical concerts, dances, storytelling and educational activities. Thousands of customers and our vendor partners help us celebrate these festive occasions. In addition to numerous traditional religious holidays, TOPS celebrations include Chinese New Year (January), Black History Month (February), Cinco de Mayo (May), Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept-Oct), Diwali (November) and Kwanza (December).


TOPS can assist your organization with fundraising efforts via Cash for Causes, a discount gift card program. Not-for-profit organizations who register for this program may purchase TOPS gift cards at a 5% discount from our corporate office and then resell them at full value, retaining the 5% for their organization's charitable activities. This program is particularly helpful for organizations like churches, schools, parent-teacher organizations, Boy Scout/Girl Scout troops, Little Leagues and other organized groups with membership that meet or communicate regularly.

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Store managers are empowered to provide in-kind product donations to local organizations in their communities. The organizations include non-profit groups such as the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, YMCA, and YWCA as well as local sport teams. Schools and church groups are also considered by store managers as requested. Please understand that because we receive numerous requests, we are not able to accommodate every organization. We also have a no solicitation policy with the exception of the Salvation Army's Red Rattle campaign.