As Check Out Hunger begins, Tops pledges to do more - Foodlink Inc

As Check Out Hunger begins, Tops pledges to do more

Starting Sunday, shoppers at Tops Friendly Markets can add a little extra to their grocery bill to support food-insecure families in our region.

This year’s Check Out Hunger campaign with Tops begins Jan. 27 and extends through Feb. 16. Customers have the option of adding $2, $3, or $5 to their total when they check out. The money is donated to Foodlink, the Feeding America food bank that serves 10 counties in the Finger Lakes region.

“Check Out Hunger is a vital source of funds for Foodlink, which – alongside hundreds of community partners and member agencies – serves thousands of food-insecure individuals every day,” said Julia Tedesco, President & CEO of Foodlink. “We’re grateful to be part of such a giving community, and thankful to Tops for providing this opportunity for shoppers to donate.”

More than 150 Tops markets across New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont participate in Check Out Hunger, which has raised nearly $4 million since 2006. Foodlink and eight other food banks benefit from the campaign.

“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 Frank Curci, Chairman of the Board, and Chief Executive Officer for Tops Friendly Markets.

This year, with a government shutdown lasting more than a month and impacting many individuals and families in the Rochester region, Foodlink is working together with Tops to assist furloughed workers in our community.

Tops just announced that for every donation of $2, $3 or $5 made during the Checkout Hunger campaign, Tops is committed to donating additional meals for a furloughed neighbor during this time of need.

“We know this is a trying time for many Americans and Tops is dedicated to helping our fellow neighbors,” Curci said. “We recognize the need is pressing and so Tops is advancing the donation so that we can immediately work with the food banks and their outreach to these federally-employed families while they need it the most.”

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