Free fries giveaway event canceled this year

ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston will not be holding the Free Fries Fryday event this year.

About 42 Tri-City restaurants gave away free servings of Lamb Weston fries, with Lamb Weston donating 10 cents to Second Harvest Tri-Cities for every serving during the third annual event held last year.

The event was started as a way to bring attention to Second Harvest Tri-Cities and raise money for the nonprofit, which acts as a food bank to area food banks, said Gene Hinkle, spokesman for ConAgra Foods, Lamb Weston's parent company.

Lamb Weston still is sponsoring the Columbia Cup this year, Hinkle said.

And Lamb Weston still will donate to Second Harvest Tri-Cities, he said. That donation will be announced next week.