Doing Good Things



     McCain Foods South Africa provides food for local funerals.

McCain has a long-standing tradition of helping to improve the quality of life in the communities where we operate. This ranges from encouraging wellness at home through our McCain in Motion initiative that supports employees in their quest to lead healthier lives to supporting efforts that have widespread social impact, particularly in the areas of education, health and active living – all of which are universally associated with a Good life.


Our support comes in many forms – through the volunteer efforts of the people who make our Good Food, the transfer of our knowledge and expertise to growers, the donation of our products and services, sponsorships that inspire broad participation toward worthy goals and through direct financial support.


Locally managed participation and partnership

Our operations in markets all over the world best understand the needs of their local communities, and our giving strategy is primarily based on supporting these needs at the local level. The McCain Foundation – the purely philanthropic arm of our shareowners – supports initiatives largely in the Atlantic provinces of Canada where McCain Foods was founded and where fewer large corporate donors exist to support the region’s hospitals, universities, libraries and community facilities. Collectively, McCain Foods Limited and the McCain Foundation have donated in excess of CDN$30 million since 2003, not including our sponsorships and donations-in-kind. Not only is our vision of It's All Good about our products – it’s also about our commitment to give back to the communities in which we live and work.  


For information about giving and partnership opportunities in your region, please contact your local McCain regional office.


Just a few examples of our charitable initiatives from around the globe:



International Year of the Potato tackles hunger, poverty and environmental sustainability

In 2008 the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) declared that potatoes should be a major component in strategies aimed at providing nutritious food for the poor and hungry. McCain Foods was a sponsor of the International Year of the Potato and funded programs with the UNFAO to raise awareness of the vital role of the potato and to educate farmers in the developing world on the sustainable growth of potato crops.  According to the UNFAO, the potato produces more nutritious food more quickly, on less land, and in harsher climates than any other major crop.





Feeding the hungry and supporting education in South Africa

McCain Foods SA supports several community feeding programs in disadvantaged areas and supplies computer facilities and equipment for rural schools and adult computer literacy programs. The company is also a patron of the South African Chefs Association, helping with learning opportunities for both qualified practitioners and trainees.





Supporting sport in the UK: £5 million to UK Athletics



McCain UK has pledged £5 million over five years to become Principal Partner of UK Athletics and Title Sponsor of the McCain Young Athletes League and McCain UK Challenge events. This will have a significant impact on the development of track and field talent in the UK and will increase opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in sports. Learn more at





Ronald McDonald House

Named after its founder, McDonald’s, a longstanding McCain customer, Ronald McDonald Houses around the world provide accommodations for families of seriously ill children who are receiving treatment at local hospitals. To assist in the operation of these houses, each year McCain employees organize and participate in events, such as golf tournaments and barbeques to help raise funds for their local Ronald McDonald House. In 2009 McCain made a leadership pledge of CDN$1 million toward the construction of Toronto, Canada’s new Ronald McDonald House. Toronto is home to the world-renowned Hospital for Sick Children, a specialized facility that treats children from around the world. The company also supported the construction of Chicago’s new Ronald McDonald House with a major corporate gift.