September 21 kicked off the 3rd year of this amazing charity event to support Pittsburgh area food banks just in time for the holidays. Canstruction Pittsburgh is a design/build competition in which teams design a massive structure (some are almost 8 feet tall!) and then fundraise to acquire canned food to build that structure. Teams compete to win awards such as “Best Meal” (what types of canned food they use), ”Best use of labels”, ”Best structural integrity”, “Juror’s Favorite” and, most importantly, “People’s Choice”. This is where the public comes into play: boxes are set out next to each display and everyone can vote for their favorite by donating a can of food into the boxes. At the end of the competition, all of the canned food is donated to local food banks of the team’s choosing.
Canstruction Pittsburgh is part of an international organization, has held design/build competitions in over 140 cities world-wide donating over 15 million pounds of canned food since it’s beginning in 1992. Last year, Canstruction Pittsburgh donated over 12,000, THOUSAND, cans of food to local food banks! This year you can see it at the Mall at Robinson. The structures will be on display until October 5 and you can donate cans of food to vote for your favorite until the 4th.
The teams this year include:
ASCE/Carpenters Union of Pittsburgh (“Bridging the Hunger Gap”)
AE Works (“Just Ducky”)
Perkins Eastman (“CANtendo”)
Giant Eagle (“A Measure of Hunger”)
IIDA Pittsburgh (“Duke of Swirl in CANdyland”)