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Bartholomew County volunteers looking for a way to address hunger in our community can form a team for United Way of Bartholomew County’s 12th annual CANstruction event.

The event will be Feb. 20 at Fair Oaks Mall. This annual event features teams building towering structures using canned goods. Community members vote for their favorite canned masterpiece for the People’s Choice Award using non-perishable food items. Other award winners will be selected by a panel of community judges for Best Meal, Best Use of Labels, Best Original Design, Most Cans, and Structural Ingenuity.

All food items are then donated to Love Chapel, Community Center of Hope and the Salvation Army following the event.

Each of these food pantries are seeing an increase in need due to COVID-19, so this year’s CANstruction is more important than ever to ensure the agencies have what they need to help the most vulnerable people in our community, said Alicia Monroe, Director of United Way’s Volunteer Action Center.

“Since its inception, the local CANstruction event has collected more than 300,00 cans while raising local hunger awareness to the community,” Monroe said. “The event consistently raises thousands of cans of food to support our local food pantries during the peak of demand and when donations dip to its lowest point during the months of February to March. This year, the need is greater because of the economic challenges families are facing due to the pandemic.”

Safety measures will be in place to safeguard the health of all participants. Teams will be limited in the number of team members they can have on site at one time. Larger teams can rotate throughout the event.

Masks will be required, and social distancing measures will be taken. Teams collect and organize their own cans for the build.

Teams can register by clicking here.


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