Canstruction® Fort Wayne winners have been announced! This annual nationwide competition features students using “art, design, math and problem solving skills to create fantastic, innovative structures using unopened cans of food. Students give back to the community by donating the food.” In the 2018 competition, 59,185 pounds of food were raised and distributed throughout the region to help feed vulnerable families. This was the 10th largest Canstruction collection in the nation.
This year, 11 schools participated, including Blackhawk High School, Carroll High School, Central Noble High School, Concordia Lutheran High School, Eastside High School, New Haven High School, Northrop High School, North Side High School, Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School, Towles New Tech, and Wayne New Tech High School.
An amazing 61,360 cans were collected in total, along with $662 through online donations for voting. Winners announced include:
• Best Structural Integrity – Eastside High School with “The Incredibles” • Best Meal Plan – Blackhawk High School with “Buzz Lightyear” • Best Use of Labels – Towles New Tech with “The Avengers”
• Best Original Design – Wayne New Tech High School with “Captain America” • Most Cans in Structure – Central Noble with “Thor”
• People’s Choice Award based on votes – Towles New Tech with “Captain America”
“We are so proud of these young people who work so hard every year,” said Carmen Cumberland, Community Harvest Executive President. “Canstruction is a wonderful event because it combines hunger relief initiatives with healthy competition, creativity, and community engagement. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard on these projects, thousands of families will benefit from a healthy meal.”
The annual competition took place at Glenbrook Square Mall in Fort Wayne through May 5th. Next year’s theme hasn’t yet been chosen, but Community Harvest is sure it will be a crowd pleaser.
About Community Harvest Food Bank
Established in 1983, Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Inc. feeds 21,100 people every week. Last year, CHFB distributed 13.2 million pounds of food to nearly 90,000 unique individuals. Chris Gomez serves as Board Chair, Carmen Cumberland serves as Executive President, and John Wolf serves as the Chief Executive Officer. Community Harvest is one of 200 Feeding America member food banks in the United States, and one of 11 regional members of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry. Community Harvest feeds hungry people in the nine counties of northeast Indiana. For more information, please visit www.chfb.org.