Fight­ing off hunger Teams cre­ate sculp­tures to sup­port lo­cal food pantries

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Sculp­tures aren’t an un­com­mon sight in Broward County, but how about those made from non-per­ish­able food items?

The “Canstruc­tion” event will take place June 5-7 at West­field Mall, 8000 W. Broward Blvd., Plan­ta­tion.

HOPE Out­reach Cen­ter is host­ing the unique and cre­ative event where teams will build large struc­tures made en­tirely of canned foods. The cre­ations will be as­sessed by a panel of es­teemed judges. In­di­vid­u­als are en­cour­aged to ob­serve and vote for their fa­vorite struc­tures, lo­cated through­out the mall, June 6.

“We are thrilled to host such an un­usual and fun event that has tan­gi­ble re­sults,” said He­len Shin­ners, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of HOPE Out­reach Cen­ter. “It will be amaz­ing to see the cre­ativ­ity at work, and we know our teams will be both com­pet­i­tive and co­op­er­a­tive.”

“Canstruc­tion” hopes to pro­vide sev­eral tons of food to lo­cal food pantries and to in­crease aware­ness of the hunger is­sues right here in Broward County.

Re­ports es­ti­mate that one in six Broward County res­i­dents suf­fer from hunger. Shin­ners said that by sum­mer­time, cus­tom­ary dona­tions to the pantry di­min­ish and chil­dren no longer have ac­cess to free and re­duced school meal pro­grams. This in­ten­si­fies the de­mand at lo­cal food pantries.

Lo­cal com­pa­nies al­ready reg­is­tered to par­tic­i­pate in “Canstruc­tion” in­clude Ul­ti­mate Soft­ware, Joe DiMag­gio Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, Bokam­pers, Me­mo­rial Health Sys­tems, Al­li­son James Es­tates & Homes Elite, Ter­ra­nova and EPIC Brain Fit­ness. The canned goods will be pro­vided to par­tic­i­pat­ing teams at a gen­er­ously dis­counted rate by Milam’s Mar­kets.

For those in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in “Canstruc­tion,” call He­len Shin­ners or Kathy Blanton at 954-321-0909 or 954-970-0416, or visit www.hope­outreachfl.org/events/ canstruc­tion.html

HOPE Out­reach Cen­ter is a Davie-based cen­ter that of­fers an im­me­di­ate “hand up” to peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who find them­selves sud­denly un­able to make ends meet due to job loss, dis­abil­ity, health cri­sis, and/or some other emer­gency cir­cum­stance. The non­profit touches the lives of more than 6,000 adults and chil­dren an­nu­ally. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.hope­outreachfl.org.

Robin Brady, left, Marie Campo-San­do­val and Sis­ter Ger­mana Sala

He­len Shin­ners and Hu Tam

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