Today is Cans Around the Oval at Colorado State University, the largest food drive in Northern Colorado and a 21-year tradition at the university. Last year, 127,000 pounds of food was collected for the more than 40,000 people who depend on the Food Bank for Larimer County.
The four-week food drive began on Sept. 17 and concludes with Cans Around the Oval collection day, Oct. 17, when all donated food will be weighed. The event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. when the university’s historic Oval is lined with all collected canned food, a tradition that visually demonstrates the community’s generosity.
Throughout this week, CSU’s Cans Around the Oval and its partner, Neenan Archistruction, have been participating in a record-breaking undertaking, striving to build the largest structure ever made of canned goods.
The design Neenan has created calls for about 50,000 individual canned goods to unofficially break the Guinness Book of World Records mark of 45,557 cans set in July 2008 in Rothbury, Mich. The design will resemble a footprint in a puddle with ripples spreading out from the center of the structure – a design symbolizing the footprint the community makes with Cans Around the Oval and the many positive ripple effects it has throughout Larimer County.
The construction began on Oct.13 on the Colorado State plaza and will be complete today, Oct. 17, to coincide with the conclusion of the Cans Around the Oval food drive.
Jake Blumberg at (719) 651-8544 or Jennifer Dimas at (970) 491-1543.