Colorado State University students will use donated canned food items as building materials for CSU’s annual CANStruction to raise awareness about the size and scope of hunger in the community. CANStruction will be held at CSU’s Homecoming Festival from 1:30-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9 in the Lory Student Center Sculpture Garden.
CANStruction is a part of the annual Cans Around the Oval food drive which kicked off Sept. 17 and concludes Oct. 14 with the final collection event.
The inspiration behind CANStruction is to be creative while also providing a visual representation of the amount of food raised by Cans Around the Oval. A total of 15 student teams will construct their representations into hunger-related topics while following this year’s Homecoming theme, “Celebrating the Past, Building the Future.”
Structures are judged based on creativity and the amount of monetary donations that the structure raises. Participants are encouraged to invite friends, family and alumni to vote for their structure with donations. All proceeds are given to the Food Bank of Larimer County as part of Cans Around the Oval. Last year’s CANStruction raised approximately 10,000 pounds of food for the Food Bank.
Cans Around the Oval, sponsored by the CSU’s student organization SLiCE – Student Leadership, Involvement and Community Engagement – is the largest one day food drive in Northern Colorado. This year’s goal is to collect more than 100,000 pounds of food, topping last year’s total of 84,000 pounds.
More information about CANStruction and upcoming events can be found at www.slice.colostate.edu/canstruction.aspx or by calling the SLiCE office at 970-491-1682.