The 6th Annual #Canstruction Event was held February 15th - 19th, with the generous support of our host site #SpotsylvaniaTowneCentre. Canstruction is an international Charity competition where an "official" team of five consisting of students, teachers, volunteers & business, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from cans of food.
This year, Canstruction yielded 21,363 pounds of food and $349 in donations. This will help to provide 18,501 meals to those in need within our community.
This year's Canstruction teams and their results are listed below.
Team: Fredericksburg Academy - SOFA
Structure Title: "Hunger - Virginia Scorecard"
Description of the Structure: We continue to affect the history of hunger by working together to end it as a school, a local community, and even a state. Our Canstruction map of Virginia shows hunger needs across the state; higher stacks of cans represent a higher percentage of people in that region who have food insecurity. When we are aware of our community's needs we can help end the history of hunger and bring about a new era of support and nourishment.
Structure Weight: 1,449 lbs = 1,208 Meals
Award: Best Meal Components
Team: Germanna Community College Applied Engineering Club Shipwrights
Structure Title: "The AECS CANcord"
Description of Structure: The AECS CANcord sailed across the sea on its life or death mission to bring its cargo of food to the new world. Our structure is reminiscent of the ships that sailed after the Mayflower to bring help and food to the starving settlers at Jamestown. We chose this structure for its historical significance to our nation and to remember the brave pilgrims that left their country for a new home.
Structure Weight: 1,480 lbs = 1,233 Meals
Award: Structural Ingenuity
Team: T. Benton Gayle Middle School
Structure Title: "The Hungry Catepillar"
Description of Structure: As in the story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, our children need to eat a wide variety of food to grow and emerge as strong adults.
Structure Weight: 1,259 lbs = 1,049 Meals
Award: Best Use of Labels
Structure Title: "Time to Wipe Out Hunger"
Description of Structure: Whenever you see a Wegmans clock tower, you know Wegmans has made a difference in that community. In 2016, Wegmans donated over 14.5 million pounds of food to local food banks. Although generosity is a part of our history the time to wipe out hunger is now!
Structure Weight: 2,693 lbs = 2,244 Meals
Award: Most Cans
Team: Rocky Run Elementary School - Kids CAN
Structure Title: "Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial"
Description of Structure: On President's Dy we celebrate George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Both men were instrumental in shaping America into the BEST country in the world. Lincoln once said, "With malice toward none; with charity for all." This perfectly illustrates the spirit of giving through the Canstruction event.
Structure Weight: 358 lbs = 298 Meals
Award: People's Choice
Team: Quality Expectations
Structure Title: "Back to Basics - Farm to Table"
Description of Structure: Farming throughout history has been the mainstay of our country. Tools such as the tractor, lends to the production of quality crops and allows for more area to be cleared for planting. Corn and carrots can be produced in mass amounts and tend to be a family favorite. Hunger's History, prompted the invention of tools and machinery that wood produce FOOD to feed vast amounts of people. Together we can make Hunger History!
Structure Weight: 2,066 lbs = 1,722 Meals
Award: Best Original Design
Team: Stafford High School Learn and Serve
Structure Title: "Years of Transporting Good Food"
Description of Structure: Expressing healthy eating and history of transportation providing food to everyone so they are not hungry
Structure Weight: 396 lbs = 33o Meals
Team: Walmart - Team Sparky's
Structure Title: "Sam Walton' Iconic 1979 Ford 5-150"
Description of Structure: Sam Walton was known for and believed in leadership thru service. Our history of fighting hunger started with him. By serving our communities these past few years, we've donated 1.9 million meals and $3.9 million dollars locally. Since 2005, Walmart has donated 3,300,000,000 pounds of food to Feeding America.
Structure Weight: 1,308 lbs - 1,090 Meals
Team: Margaret Brent Elementary School - The Caring Council Crew
Structure Title: "Please sir, give me more"
Description of Structure: A quote from Charles Dicken's story, "Oliver Twist", squeezes the heart strings when the orphaned boy struggled in a workhouse while holding an empty bowl in his hands pleading, "Please sir, give me more!"
Structure Weight: 703 lbs = 586 Meals
Team: Central Rappahannock Regional Library - CRRL Can
Structure Title: "Arts vs. the Apocalypse"
Description of Structure: This structure celebrates the library's March 17, Meet the Author event featuring Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven. Station Eleven explores art, fame, ambition, and the resilience of the human spirit against a backdrop of civilization's collapse.
Structure Weight: 1,045 lbs = 871 Meals
Team: Colonial Forge High School Learn and Serve
Structure Title: "Forges Food Flag"
Description of Structure: Colonial Forge's Canstruction design is based on the original thirteen colonies, as depicted on the first American flag.
Structure Weight: 607 lbs = 506 Meals
Team: Girl Scout Troop 63
Structure Title: "The Flooding of Hunger"
Description of Structure: Girl Scouts have been helping communities fight back the floods of hunger since 1913. After viewing pictures of recent disasters, Troop 63 decided to build a town after a big flood with a wall made from sand bags. The troop learned that the flooding can not only damage houses and grocery stores, but also make it hard to find enough safe food to eat. After a flood, people rely on outside communities and organizations for food. Flooding is one example throughout history that has affected the availability of food to communities.
Structure Weight: 675 lbs = 563 Meals
Team: P.E.O.P.L.E. - BOC Stompers
Structure Title: "Stomp Out Hunger"
Description of Structure: Each day P.E.O.P.L.E., LLC is Providing Equal Opportunity Progressive Living Environments. We help empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through community-based programs that offer support and encouragement. Our mission is to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities realize their highest individual potential. The Breezewood Opportunity Center provides opportunities for participants to give back and we are proud to do our part to help STOMP OUT HUNGER!
Structure Weight: 381 lbs = 318 Meals
Team: Girl Scout Troop 44
Structure Title: "The Girl Scout Farm"
Description of Structure: Many historic farms are part of the hunger history of Virginia. We created a farm scene with a barn, silo, and garden.
Structure Weight: 646 lbs = 583 Meals
Team: North Stafford High School Learn and Serve
Structure Title: "NSHS Cares - The Pyramid of Hunger"
Description of Structure: Ending hunger is achieved through building a firm foundation of nutrition. We show we care when we help others have the food they need to thrive.
Structure Weight: 701 lbs = 584 Meals