De-canstructing hunger

With rows of cans and stacks of boxes, the annual Canstruction project is underway at the Orchard Park Mall.

Thousands of cans of food are being assembled by eight different teams into giant structures which are to be judged on their design, but the true winner of this contest will be local food banks.

The Kelowna Community Food Bank (KCFB) , the West Kelowna Food Bank and the Salvation Army will all receive the donations when the sculptures are disassembled on Sunday.

Lenetta Parry with the KCFB says this marks the sixth year that the food bank has partnered with the Rotary Club to bring together the annual event.

“This is a really neat project that shines a light on the issue of hunger in our community, in a unique and creative way and it is a great way to bring the community together,” she explains.

“It demonstrates that when we work together we can improve the health of our community.”

For the Salvation Army, Canstruction will be one of the largest food drives of the year, which will not only help families in need but singles and couples as well.

This year the theme is uniquely Ok-Can-agan, where teams will design their sculptures based on concepts from around the valley such as sail boats, wine glasses, and orchard trees.

Teams such as Save-On-Foods, local schools, Montgomery Myles Law Firm, Kelowna Jaycees, Orchard Park Mall and Enactus Okanagan among others are competing to erect their canscupltures as their commitment to innovation and hunger relief.

Tiffany Golden with Enacts Okanagan College says the student ran non-profit has a program called ‘Help Hunger Disappear’.

“We collect donations and raise awareness for the food bank and for hunger in the community so this was a way to get involved on a larger scale with other organizations in town.”

Canstruction was an idea that began in the U.S. in 1992 and has since benefited local food banks in over 150 cities around the world.

The event in Kelowna runs until Sunday, while the awards ceremony for best design will be held Thursday afternoon at 6 p.m. at Orchard Park Mall.

Donations to the food banks can be made in person or on line by clicking here.


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