Tops Friendly Markets is encouraging the community to support its annual Check Out Hunger campaign to benefit participating food banks running through Feb. 15.

Since 2006, Tops has raised over $4,208,000 for those who are food insecure.

Organizers say a staggering one in eight individuals struggles with hunger and one in five children are food insecure and do not know where their next meal will come from. 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 Frank Curci, chairman of the board, and CEO for Tops Friendly Markets.

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

• FeedMore WNY (Formerly Food Bank of WNY)

• Food Bank of Rochester

• Foodlink

• Food Bank of Southern Tier

• Food Bank of North West Pennsylvania

• Food Bank of Central Pennsylvania

• Food Bank of the Hudson Valley

• Vermont Food Bank

• Food Bank of North East NY

To learn more about Tops Friendly Markets and its charitable programs, please visit www.topsmarkets.com/Community/Living_Here_Giving_Here/.

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