Canned Foods Sculptures at WSU Fight Hunger

OGDEN, Utah — Competitors will work in teams to create sculptures made entirely out of food cans during the WeberCAN event at Weber State University, March 14 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Atrium.  

For the second year, the Center for Community Engaged Learning is hosting the event, which is meant to collect food donations and to raise awareness for hunger relief.

“There are many food drives, but this is a fresh take,” said Livvy Gerrish, event coordinator. “It encompasses all the best aspects of service because you’re helping the community, you’re helping the people around you and you’re working with a group.”

Teams are comprised of groups such as campus departments, clubs, student groups and programs. Competitors will collect cans and supplies to use in the structures.

After they are constructed, the sculptures will be displayed in the Shepherd Union Atrium for one week. Once dismantled, the cans will be donated to fill the Weber Cares Food Pantry, located in Shepherd Union Room 402. Any remaining cans will be given to the Joyce Hansen Hall Food Bank at Catholic Community Services.

Competing teams have to follow a set of guidelines when building their sculptures. Although they are free to use items such as zip ties, Velcro, plywood, string or tape, they can’t use any materials that might damage the cans.

WSU’s Emeriti Alumni Council will judge the sculptures at 2:30 p.m. and announce the winners at 3 p.m.

“It’s fun because it’s a new take on service,” Gerrish said. “It taps into the skill set of everyone involved, and it brings people together.”

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