Genesee Valley Center, Food Bank call for entries: Teams needed for ‘Canstruction’

FLINT TOWNSHIP – This fall, Genesee Valley Center is hosting a new event to benefit the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan.

A unique design and build competition, and charity art exhibition, “Canstruction” will help raise awareness about hunger in our communities, and bring in thousands of cans of food which will be donated to the Food Bank for those in need.

Teams are needed to participate in the competition.

In 12 hours, teams will build an art structure made entirely from unmodified cans of food. These structures will be judged and prizes awarded in a multitude of categories. A $100 registration fee secures a spot in the competition and will be applied to the cost of food for the structure.

Teams also can obtain food through food drives for specific products that will fit within their Canstruction design, or design a structure based on food they collect from a food drive. Teams who wish to do additional fundraising can accept donations through an online platform provided by the Food Bank.

Canstruction is a great opportunity for college students with an interest in art, architecture or engineering to show off their skills while advocating for hunger relief.

Teams may wish to recruit students, faculty, staff and/or professionals in these fields to assist with the design and building of their structures.

To register a team, visit www.FBEM. org. For more information, contact Ali at the Food Bank by email

Deadline for entries is Sept. 15. The build will take place Oct. 21. The award ceremony will take place after judging on Oct. 27. – L.R.

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