Hey, now you have something to do with all of those canned goods in your kitchen…or pantry…or garage…or shed….or wherever you hoard your aluminum cans full of food.
Canstruction is a U.S.-based non-profit organization providing canned food to local food banks in cities holding Canstruction competitions. Founded in 1992 by Cheri Melillo, the charity has since raised millions upon millions of pounds of food for food banks in participating cities across the world. Canstruction grew to become one of the largest food drives for food bank donations in the world, with over 170 cities and more than 30,000 volunteers taking part in Canstruction competitions worldwide. The competition involves teams of design professionals (namely architects, engineers, contractors) and the students they mentor, competing to design and build large structures made completely from full, unopened cans of food.
The Annual International Canstruction Competition is typically held in May, where over 135 cities in the United States, Canada, South America, Hong Kong, Australia compete for the international titles in their respective categories, ranging from: Jurors’ Favorite, Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity, Honorable Mention and Most Cans. At the end of the competition, all the canned food structures are dissembled, and the food is donated to local food banks in the competition’s host cities.
In January 2010, The Walt Disney Company teamed up with Canstruction to attempt to build the largest canned food structure ever. This was done as part of Disney’s “Celebrate Family Volunteers” press event and “Give a Day, Get a Disney Day” promotion, which were used to inspire at least one million people to volunteer a single day of service in their local communities. The structure was built at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, and was more than large enough to officially break the Guinness World Record on February 11, 2010. The structure was made up of 115,527 cans, which were later sent to the food banks in Central Florida, Miami and Atlanta, providing over 70,000 meals for the needy.