Philanthropy

Harvesters Kicks Off Canstruction

Vote for your favorite display to raise funds for KC’s community food network.

One of the sculptures from Canstruction 2013. Photo via Harvesters Facebook page.

Kansas City-based food bank Harvesters has launched its annual “Canstruction” event, in which teams compete to build the best sculptures out of canned goods and other nonperishable foods. In its 12-year history, Canstruction has helped the organization supply more than 820,000 meals to feed the hungry by asking the public to donate $1 for each vote they cast.

What’s more, all of the food used in the Canstruction displays—last year more than 51,000 cans—also goes toward feeding the food insecure in the Kansas City area. The sculptures are on display Feb. 21 through March 21 at the Ward Parkway Mall, but you can get a sneak peek at the contenders at a preview party from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. The $20 tickets will be available at the door.

If you don’t have a chance to get to the mall to see the display in person, you can still help out: Check Harvester’s Facebook page for display photos and updates and cast your vote at harvesters.org.