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‘Canstruction’ helps fill hunger gap


Construction Skills Development

A collection of oversized sculptures built with 52,200 pounds of canned goods is on display in Toronto’s financial district thanks to the efforts of professional designers, architects, engineers and students.

On June 3 the teams donated their time, talent and 50,000 cans of canned food to build clever and edible structures to help fill Toronto’s hunger gap as part of Toronto’s 14th Annual Canstruction Competition.

“One of the most unique food drives in the world, Canstruction is a fun, visual way for the architecture and engineering industry to pull together and give back to the communities they build in,” said Helen Kabriel, co-chairwoman of Canstruction Toronto. “It’s also a creative way to raise public awareness about the challenges of hunger in the city.” 
The canstructures are on display in the lobbies of the TD Bank, Ernst & Young, Royal Trust, and Canadian Pacific towers at 77 King St. West until June 8 when they will be taken down and donated to Daily Bread Food Bank.
“Beyond impressive structures and creative designs, there’s this underlying message to the canstructures that adds another layer of impact for people who walk by,” said Gail Nyberg, executive director of Daily Bread Food Bank.



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