BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Tops Markets spokesperson announced Sunday afternoon that the stores will offer a shuttle bus from the intersection of Jefferson Avenue and Riley Street to the Elmwood Avenue Tops location, while the Jefferson location remains closed, following Saturday’s mass shooting.

The supermarket provided the following statement:

“Dear Buffalo Community:

The Tops family is heartbroken over the senseless violence of this past weekend that has impacted our associates and customers of the Tops store on Jefferson Avenue – and our entire community. Tops has been committed to this community and to the City of Buffalo for decades and this tragedy will not change that commitment. We thank our local, state and federal law enforcement agencies for their quick response and diligence and we are providing all available resources to assist authorities in the ongoing investigation. We also want to thank Mayor Byron Brown and his staff for all their tremendous guidance and support.

It has been heartwarming to see the outpouring of community support. Many of you have reached out with condolences and offers to help. Thank you. Most importantly, we are rapidly working to create a fund for the families of victims and those directly impacted and will be providing more information over the next few days. It is our sincere hope to partner with many local and business leaders on this endeavor.

While the Tops location at Jefferson Avenue will remain closed until further notice, we are steadfast in our commitment to serving every corner of our community as we have for the past 60 years.  Knowing the importance of this location and serving families on the east side of the city, we have taken immediate steps to ensure our neighbors are able to meet their grocery and pharmacy needs by providing free bus shuttle service starting today. The schedule today is from 10am – 5pm and then beginning tomorrow, Monday from 10am – 7pm daily from Jefferson Ave & Riley St. to the nearby Tops on Elmwood Ave. 

We are also working closely with Council Member Ulysees Wingo Sr., who represents the Masten District, to provide free food and supplies to our neighbors via the Resource Council of WNY at 347 East Ferry St. in Buffalo.

As we continue to process this tragedy as a Tops family, grief counseling is available to all associates and their families beginning this Monday and Tuesday from 12-6 p.m. at the Merriweather Library on 1324 Jefferson Ave.

In addition, we thank the many local organizations that have offered their community resources for counseling support. One of those is the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County. If you are in need of immediate help, call 211 or text your zip code to 898-211.

My prayers are with Buffalonians during this time of sadness and grief and as this tragedy continues to unfold and we learn more about its extent.”

John Persons, president of Tops Friendly Markets

Additionally, the Buffalo Community Fridge at 257 E. Ferry St. has been accepting food donations following the shooting, to help those in the community affected by the location’s closure. The Jefferson Tops is located in a food desert, defined by the United States Department of Agriculture as an area “where people have limited access to a variety of healthy and affordable food.”

Sunday afternoon, the Community Fridge announced it is no longer accepting monetary donations at this time, but is still accepting donations of fresh produce, milk, eggs, cheese, baby food and formula, juice, water, and labeled cooked meats. The Community Fridge is also looking for volunteers to help bag and distribute food and provided a list of other organizations accepting donations on their Instagram page.

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