CEDAR RAPIDS – This year’s Corridor Canstruction competition to help fight hunger will take place at Lindale Mall in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, April 13. Watch as five architecture/engineering firms and 10 groups of local youth, including students from North Central Junior High School in North Liberty, go head-to-head to build the best super-sized structure from canned foods in just four hours.
As students conduct their pre-build sessions, they learn about design principles, fundraising strategies, healthy meal planning and facts about hunger. The students use their knowledge to create structures entirely from canned goods, and entries are judged with awards given to the top builds in each category, one for design firms and a second category for student/community teams. Professional division awards include Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Structural Ingenuity, and the top prize, Juror’s Favorite. All the cans go straight to the hungry right here in the Corridor. The Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) Food Reservoir distributes the food to shelters, pantries, and crisis centers around east central Iowa.
Canstruction kicks off at 7 a.m, and teams build until 11a.m. A jury of local artists, chefs, architects and engineers judge the structures from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. while the public enjoys live music and helps to pick a People’s Choice Award winner. The public is welcome to watch from start to finish (mall officially opens at 10 a.m.), and the structures will be on display at Lindale Mall until Sunday, April 21.
Competitors in the professional category include OPN Architects, Neumann-Monson Architects, Shive-Hattery, Rohrbach Associates and Heery International/Tallgrass Business Resources. In the student/community division, teams from Taylor Elementary (Cedar Rapids), Christ Episcopal Church Youth, North Central Junior High (North Liberty), College Community Prairie Creek Intermediate, College Community Elementary Talented and Gifted, First Congregational United Church of Christ Youth, West Branch Middle School Talented and Gifted, Francis Marion Intermediate (Marion), Garfield Elementary Student Ambassadors (Cedar Rapids), and North Linn High School National Honor Society.
Studies show that more than one in 10 families aren’t sure where they’ll get the food they need to feed their family. In eastern Iowa alone, one in five adults and one in four children go hungry at least once a week. In Linn and Johnson counties, 14,000 individuals a month seek emergency food assistance at pantries and soup kitchens. To serve this need, HACAP distributes over 2 million pounds of food annually to thousands of hungry families in seven eastern Iowa counties, including Linn, Johnson, Benton and Washington.
The corridor is joined by more than 100 cities across North America and Europe in sponsoring Canstruction competitions this spring. Together they will donate over 4 million pounds of food to local food banks, and create more than 1,000 sculptures. For more information about Corridor Canstruction, visit www.corridorcanstruction.org .