Public encouraged to vote with canned food in CANstruction competition

Demonstrations of talent and creativity within the architectural and engineering communities will help provide needed resources for Food Finders food rescue/food bank to help eliminate hunger in the Long Beach community.

The inaugural Long Beach CANstruction competition benefiting Food Finders took place in the Mercedes-Benz of Long Beach dealership showroom, 2300 E. Spring St., on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 8am to 8pm. CANstruction participants designed and built unique structures made entirely out of canned goods. The structures could be built up to 10 feet by 10 feet by 10 feet and composed of canned goods totaling over 7000 pounds.

Four teams consisting of five local architectural and engineering firms transformed thousands of cans of food into art pieces and included Sennikoff Architects, Moffatt & Nichol, Jeffrey Rome & Associates, P2S Engineering and MHP Structural Engineers.

The completed structures will be on display to the public from Friday, Aug. 22 through Tuesday, Sept. 2. Visitors are encouraged to bring canned goods to the dealership to be used as “votes” for their favorite structure by placing the cans in Food Finders-supplied bins next to each structure, resulting in a “People’s Choice” award. Additional awards, including “Best Use of Labels” and “Structural Ingenuity,” will be chosen by a panel of local judges following the exhibition.

“Food Finders is excited to be the beneficiary of the very first CANstruction in Long Beach” , said Diana Lara, vice president of operations for Food Finders. “This unique event will heighten awareness of food insecurity in our community and will play an important role in helping to feed the hungry in our own back yard.”

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Source: Terri Henry Marketing