Over 1,500 votes, both in person and online, were cast for the 6th annual Canstruction® Madison People’s Choice award. The event was held April 18 – April 24 at West Towne Mall in Madison, WI. Hosted by Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM), 22 teams from businesses, churches, schools and organizations around Dane County built giant structures made of canned goods and packaged food, and competed for awards, including one chosen only by the public. This year’s theme was “sCANning the Galaxy”, and structures were based on themes such as Star Wars, Star Trek, video games and more.
The structures in total included an estimated 21 tons of food, adding to the 170 tons that was raised in the first 5 Canstruction® Madison events, and making this Middleton Outreach Ministry’s largest food drive of the year.
“In the end, every team is a winner. The collective creativity and generosity of these teams not only provides education and awareness surrounding the issue of hunger in our community, but provides significant food to keep our shelves full throughout the summer,” said Al Ripp, Executive Director of MOM. The MOM Food Pantry is one of the largest food pantries in the area, serving West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains. MOM distributed over 1.3 million pounds of food in 2015.
The Awards Ceremony was held in the West Towne Mall Food Court on the evening of April 24 at 6:30pm, featuring emcee Amy Carlson, NBC15.
The winners were:
Exact Sciences “iCan End Hunger”– WINNER: Most Nutritious Meals; WINNER: Best Use of Labels; WINNER: People’s Choice
Flad Architects “Droids to the Rescue” – WINNER: Judge’s Choice
JMM Sparcans “High-Powered Telescope”, technically and financially sponsored by Erdman – WINNER: Youth Award
KJWW Engineering and WTS Paradigm “In our hearts and within our sights: Pluto” – WINNER: Most Cans
Mead & Hunt “Voyages of the Starship Enterprise against Hunger”– WINNER: Structural Ingenuity
Immediately following the event, volunteers started taking down the structures and loading the food into boxes, to be taken back to the MOM Food Pantry.
“Our hope is that this event draws awareness to the need, and also to the many people and businesses that care deeply about the well-being of people in our community.”
Canstruction® Madison 2016 was generously presented by Godfrey & Kahn and Associated Bank.