How do a giant replica of an acropolis or the Olympic rings, along with 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 (MOM) hosted the fourth annual Canstruction® Madison, which in conjunction with a community wide food drive, raised over 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.
Event go-ers were encouraged to bring a single canned food donation as a suggested entry fee, and over 1,000 pounds of food were collected.
This year’s team winners include:
Most Cans: Exact Sciences, with Cancropolis, featuring more than 5,500 cans of food.
Most Nutritious: Glacier Creek Middle School Builder’s Cub, with Cinderella’s Castle.
Best use of Labels: Asbury United Methodist Church with We Can Do It, with Rosie the Riveter.
Structural Ingenuity: Strand Associates, with WaterCANS
Youth Award: Kromrey Middle School Builder’s Club & Middleton Youth Center, with Olympic Rings, building Hope for the Hungry
Judges’ Choice: Team Globe, with Bring Home the Gold by Knocking Down Hunger
Celebrity’s Choice (by Lindsay Tarpley): Middleton Fire Department, with Giving a Lift to Neighbors in Need
Youth’s Choice: Walgreens, with Racing to End Hunger
People’s Choice: with Middleton High School E.L.I.T.E., with Race to End Hunger
Also at the event was Olympic gold medalist Lindsay Tarpley, who not only served as the Celebrity Judge but also signed autographs and let event-goers hold her gold medals. 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.
MOM is grateful that so many companies and groups are leading the effort to end hunger in our community. In addition to the 20 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.
Thanks to the Can-Cans, a volunteer group who helped organize the teams and event.
See a full press release here.