Fighting off hunger Teams create sculptures to support local food pantries
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