Canstruction can make a difference - Our Daily Green

Monday, March 5, 2012

Canstruction can make a difference

Our Daily Green loves when art and social conscience merge. If you've not heard about Canstruction, read on. It's a fabulous charity that challenges organizations to create art with cans of food which then are donated to local food banks. The pictures will dazzle you almost as much as knowing that hungry people are getting food.

canstructionOur Vision: Wherever a Canstruction competition is held thousands of hungry people are fed, a greater awareness of the issues surrounding hunger is brought home to the public, and a spotlight is placed on the design and construction industry giving back to the communities it helps build. 

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2011 winner

Our Mission:  To engage, amaze and inspire the community to work together raising canned food to feed hundreds of thousands of hungry people. 

Who Benefits?:  Men, women and children seeking food assistance through community feeding programs. Canstruction raised over 2 million pounds of food in 2010 which was donated to local food banks, enough food to provide 1.5 million meals. 
2010 winner

Who Donates Food?:  Architects, engineers, designers, contractors, students, and the local community come together to raise canned food to donate to local food banks each year.

There are several upcoming Canstruction events around the nation. Check if your area has one.

2009 winner
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2008 winner
Locally, in Cleveland, Ohio, Herschman Architects and The Society of Design Administration (SDA) are working to change all that with an initiative called Cleveland Can. They are sponsoring Canstruction®, a nation-wide design/build competition that works to draw attention to hunger issues right here in our own backyard as well as across the country. It also solicits significant donations to the Cleveland Food Bank (CFB) working to feed hungry people at 450 centers throughout Northeast Ohio.

Their CANstruction will be on exhibit beginning March 30, 2012 at Beachwood Place, 26300 Cedar Road, Beachwood, Ohio 44122. 

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