You want to help end hunger in your community and you’ve been eyeing up the Canstruction® Madison structures and wishing you could participate in this fun event – but don’t think you have the time to make it happen-
Here is proof that anyone can join the fun!
This minion, which is on display right now at KEVA Sports Center, took two volunteers a combined total of 13 hours to plan, shop, and construct – and he is sure to be a crowd favorite.
There are many simple structures that your team can build! Check out our Canstruction® Pinterest Page for ideas (both large and small). Also, youth awards will be given in several categories, so younger teams can enjoy their experience.
Local businesses, architects, engineers, and students from around the Madison area are needed to build structures comprised of cans and packaged food in the 4th annual Canstruction® Madison, a community competition to end hunger. Following a year where MOM distributed unprecedented amount of food to people in need, MOM will go for the Gold in the Olympic feat to end hunger in the community.
However, the structures are more than just a fun team building exercise. “Each can is food for a family and another step towards ending hunger in our community. Every can is an act of kindness that makes a real difference in someone’s life,” says Al Ripp, MOM Executive Director.
The free community event following the building of the structures will take place on Thursday, May 1st at KEVA Sports Center in Middleton and will be great fun for the whole family. Besides viewing and voting for favorite structures, there will be food concessions and children’s activities. The site is sponsored by KEVA Sports Center.
Sponsors are needed! Contact Elaine (email@example.com) for more information- 608-826-3414.
This year’s Canstruction® Madison Celebrity Judge is internationally known Women’s Soccer Player and Olympic medalist, Lindsay Tarpley. In 2003, Tarpley was named Soccer America Player of the Year and led the University of North Carolina to the national title. On the international level, she helped the U.S. win gold medals in the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and was a member of the 2007 World Cup team. Born in Madison, Wisconsin, Tarpley now calls the area home.
Tarpley will be on hand to take pictures with Canstruction® Madison teams and sign autographs for event attendees. She will also choose two teams (including a youth only team) to win the coveted “Judge’s Choice” award.
Canstruction® Madison is a competition where local businesses build incredible, highly imaginative structures out of canned goods and packaged food. After the structures are built and the winners are declared, all food used in the structures is donated to the MOM Food Pantry. Teams plan their structures weeks in advance, and then come together on the day of the event to build their displays. Prior to the evening event, the structures are judged by design professionals and community leaders. Many awards are given, including youth only categories and one chosen by the Celebrity Judge. The final award is decided by the community, who vote for the People’s Choice Award. Trophies are awarded for use of color, creativity and engineering. During the first three years, the event raised nearly 150,000 pounds of food in total.
Middleton Outreach Ministry has seen an increase in use of services. MOM, which works to prevent homelessness and end hunger in the West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains areas, distributed approximately 800,000 pounds (or 400 tons) of food in 2012, enough to fill 20 semi-trucks. This is up nearly 7% from 2012. MOM’s Eviction Prevention program also prevented approximately 250 families from being evicted from their homes and kept the lights on for 740 people, 50% of whom were children.
Food pantries also struggle during the summer months. The need for food dramatically increases because children are not receiving free and reduced lunch at school and because donations often decrease as a result of summer travel. “We selected May for our Canstruction® Competition because it will allow us to build up a food reserve going into the summer,” says Cheri Farha, Distribution Center Manager for MOM.
More information about the event or about registering as a team or sponsor can be found at canstructionmadison.org.
Follow our new Pinterest boards, which will provide information about the upcoming event, as well as ideas from Canstruction teams around the world.
MOM is currently registering teams for this community competition to end hunger. One of the most meaningful and fun community building competition available in the Madison area, MOM offers design experts to teams who don’t have design expertise and wants everyone to consider participating in this unique and fun event. All teams will attend a kick-off Team Meetings in February. Teams can range from church, school or business groups to teams of friends. Event sponsors are also needed! Several groups have already registered, including Exact Sciences, Strand, Middleton High School’s E.L.I.T.E club, and Memorial High School’s Spartan Youth Service Team.
Winner of the People’s Choice Award, Roller-Canster was created by team Thinking Outside the Can.
Pictures from the event can be found on the following links:
How does a moving roller coaster a replica of Big Ben, and 18 other hand-built structures help end hunger in western Dane County? When made from cans of food and packaged goods, the structures’ building blocks will fill the shelves of one of the largest food pantries in Dane County.
Middleton Outreach Ministry hosted the third annual Canstruction® Madison, which in conjunction with a community wide food drive, raised 28 tons of food to feed area people in need. The event took place at KEVA Sports Center in Middleton. Canstruction®Madison is a competition where community members come together to build incredible, highly imaginative structures out of canned goods and packaged food. After the structures are built and the winners are declared, all food used in the structures is donated to the MOM Food Pantry. Teams plan their structures weeks in advance, and then come together on the day of the event to build their displays. Prior to the evening event, the structures are judged by design professionals and community leaders.
This year’s winners include:
Most Nutritious Meal – Exact Sciences: Wash Away Hunger, a sandcastle built mostly with Baked Beans, surrounded by waves, made with cans of Tuna. The structure also included rice, and cans of fruit and vegetables. Exact Sciences also won the award for most cans, with a structure that included 6,157 cans of food.
Best Use of Labels – WTS Paradigm: 1-Up Hunger, a structure of Mario wiping out hunger and saving the day.
Structural Ingenuity – CUNA Mutual Group: Wishing Away Hunger with MOM, a genie made of tuna on a red carpet.
Celebrity Award, presented by Gilbert Brown: Middleton Fire Company #1: Responding to Hunger, a fire-station replica with a talking fire-dog.
Judges’ Choice – Capitol Insurance Companies: Food FORE ALL, a classic windmill mini-golf hole, complete with moving blades.
People’s Choice – Thinking Outside the Can: Roller-Canster, a roller-coaster structure with a moving belt and a can (representing the roller-coaster car) that sped it’s way around the track.
Youth Award –Middleton E.L.I.T.E.: The Time to End Hunger is Now, a replica of Big Ben.
According to MOM, this event is more than just a friendly competition. “Each can is more than just a building block; each can is food for a family and another step towards ending hunger in our community,” says Al Ripp, Executive Director of MOM. “We’re thankful for the community members who made our third year such a huge success. Nearly 45% of the people we serve are children, which makes this fun event also vital to our community’s well-being.”
Middleton Outreach Ministry has seen an increase in use of services. MOM, which works to prevent homelessness and end hunger in the West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains areas, is serving record numbers of people and regularly distributing over 60,000 pounds of food per month, with a total of over 750,000 pounds distributed in 2012. The pantry and mobile food pantries saw over 14,000 visits in 2012, an increase of nearly 20% over 2011 and a two year increase in visits of over 80%.
Food pantries also struggle during the summer months. The need for food dramatically increases because children are not receiving free and reduced lunch at school and because donations often decrease as a result of summer travel. “We selected May for our Canstruction Competition because it will allow us to build up a food reserve going into the summer,” says Cheri Farha, Distribution Center Manager for MOM.
MOM is grateful that so many companies and groups are leading the effort to end hunger in our community. In addition to the 19 teams who participated in the event and all of the people who generously donated to the team’s efforts, companies both sponsored the event and donated in-kind goods to make the event a success. These donations included the space (KEVA Sports Center), discounts to make the purchase of food easier for teams (Capitol Centre Market with support from Certco, Inc.), structure platforms (donated and installed by J.H. Findorff & Son), food for teams and event goers, donations of media, and more. A complete list of sponsors can be found at canstructionmadison.org/sponsors.
MOM is a local non-profit organization that leads a community-wide effort to prevent homelessness and end hunger for our neighbors throughout Middleton, West Madison and Cross Plains. Through our business partners, affiliated churches, area schools, community service clubs, and numerous individuals, we provide food, clothing, housing assistance, emergency financial assistance, and special services for seniors. All programs are provided free of charge to neighbors in need. To learn more about the programs and people helped by MOM, log on to momhelps.org.
Watch our facebook page for updates throughout the day on Thursday, May 2nd, on the team build competition!
Thanks to this year’s Sponsors!