Canned Food

Local food bank workers say in just the past year distribution needs have increased by one million pounds in the big bend area, but Monday a creative way to spread the word for hunger relief is on display.

The resemblance is well, uncanny. The Golden Gate Bridge, a Polaroid camera, a boom box, all of these structures are part of a competition that also doubles as an awareness campaign.

“We're here in the Tallahassee Mall all week and we'll have thousands of people who will ask questions about hunger relief,” says Tom hunt of Second Harvest Food Bank.

As part of the Second Annual Canstruction Competition, judges examined the work of local architects and FAMU students, a very time consuming assignment.

“Oh, a lot more than you'd think, besides designing, getting the cans, assembling it really is a big job,” says Enn Ots, a FAMU professor.

While the structures are fairly large, the message they send is even larger. Already partnered with 350 agencies, second harvest workers say non-profits are hungry for help.

“We honestly have another dozen to 20 non profits applying for partnership every month and we're trying to accommodate that.

Second Harvest will be taking up donations at the display through Sunday at the Tallahassee Mall. As for Monday's judging, the Polaroid camera received the Best of Show Award.


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