Canstruction® is using one can of food as a catalyst for change. One Can® to represent the building blocks of massive sculptures. One Can® to prove that every act of kindness makes a difference.
Our goal for Canstruction® Madison 2014 is to be one of the top 10 cities in food raised worldwide! Join us now-
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!
Gilbert Brown, Former Green Bay Packer and Super Bowl Champion and founder of the Gilbert Brown Foundation will join Canstruction® Madison 2013 as this year’s celebrity judge! The Gilbert Brown Foundation’s mission is to service youth in an environment that promotes structure and life skills awareness, by introducing team building skills and promoting diversity in the community. Gilbert Brown will also be hosting his 1st ever camp in Middleton – the Gilbert Brown All Star Football Camp June 25-27th at KEVA Sports Center.
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. 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 two years, the event raised nearly 90,000 pounds of food in total.
The community event on May 2 will be great fun for the whole family. Besides viewing and voting for favorite structures, there will be food concessions, children’s activities, and free ice cream is provided by The Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream . The event runs from 5-8pm, with the award ceremony beginning at 7pm.
The event is presented by Northwestern Mutual – The Kosnick Financial Group. The site is sponsored by KEVA Sports Center.
Many thanks to Mayfield Sports and Gilbert Brown’s All Star Football Camp for sponsoring his appearance at the event!
The new Metcalfe’s West store on Mineral Point Road is teaming up with MOM to help end hunger in our community. Through the end of April, Metcalfe’s will be promoting pre-packed breakfast and dinner bags that customers can purchase for $9.99. All bags will be donated to the MOM Food Pantry.
Additionally, Metcalfe’s West and MOM are partnering to hold a “Stuff the Truck” event in support of Canstruction Madison on Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7 from 10-4 each day. Help us end hunger!
We’re challenging you to help end hunger in our community!
Our demand for food assistance has continually grown over the last several years with a staggering 46% of our pantry guests being children - and we need your help!
Step up and take part in one of the most creative, team building community service projects!
Canstruction Madison is a competition, which takes place on May 2, 2013 at KEVA Sports Center in Middleton, where local businesses/organizations/youth groups build incredible, highly imaginative structures out of canned goods and packaged food. All food used to build the structures is then donated to the MOM Food Pantry.
Last year 22 teams competed raising nearly 29 tons of food for our food pantry. This year we hope to have 30 teams compete raising 40 tons of food!
Want to jump in but can’t figure out how to begin? We’ll help you every step of the way. Form your team, and sign up now! The final introductory team meeting is around the corner on February 28, 2013, so don’t delay!
Can’t form a team but want to be a part of the event? Sponsors are also needed to make the event a reality. Find out more by contacting Elaine Bogen, Canstruction Madison Coordinator, 608/826-3414.