McCain Foods and Homestead Co-op are teaming up once again in support of Ronald McDonald House Charities Manitoba.

In 2021, Free Fry Day generated more than $46,000 and everyone is hoping for another successful event this year.

Senior Production Manager, Brent Maryniuk, was a part of the event last year and says this is something that will benefit people locally.

"The one big thing about today is all the money that we raise today stays within Manitoba," says Maryniuk. "It goes towards the the new house that are currently building."

A photo of the Ronald McDonald House in Winnipeg.
McCain Foods Plant Administrator, Leah Gravatt, says it's not hard to find volunteers for a day like this, as everyone wants to help RMHC build their 40-room building in Winnipeg.

"It's something that's very needed in Manitoba, and there are a lot of sick children," says Gravatt. "There are emergencies that come up, and it's essential that we have something like that, that's available."

The previous house was a 14-room building. The thought of families being turned away is one of the major motivators for putting on an event of this magnitude.

"It just makes all the hard work worth it to see all the people come through that are smiling and people that have used the house and people that can use the product that we're giving away," says Gravatt.

When asked what he's looking forward to during today's event, Maryniuk says it's 100 per cent the people.

"It's just nice to see all the people that come out to donate to a very good charity," says Maryniuk. "And like I said, it's something we can all relate to."

You can head down to the Portage Mall parking lot between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to get your frozen fries or patties from McCain Foods, some goodies from Homestead Co-op, and you can make a donation toward Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Leah Gravatt and Brent Maryniuk