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As this year’s Chair of Canstruction®, I’m pleased to share that we celebrated 15 years of the event being held in Atlanta and benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank. Having worked on the steering committee for the past five years and having Chaired the event twice now, I can honestly say working with Canstruction® has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences in my life. I truly appreciate the art of the competition and am forever endeared to this event because of the impact it has on so many local communities.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Canstruction®, let me share a little bit about it. Canstruction® was started by members of the Society for Design Administration (SDA), a nonprofit professional organization for management and administrators in the architecture/engineering/ construction industry of which I’m a part. The vision was to create a community service project to unite the design, engineering and construction industry through a unique and fun medium that would provide canned food to hunger relief organizations. SDA championed the cause and encourages all of our chapters throughout the United States to host a Canstruction® event in their local community.
Teams of architects, engineers, design professionals and contractors design and create structures out of canned food to be judged and remain on display for the community to view. After the week-long display, all of the food from the structures is donated to a local hunger relief organization. The food from the Atlanta event is donated to the Atlanta Community Food Bank. This year, we had some amazingly vibrant structures that were also a source for protein and vegetables.
In addition to the 51,705 pounds of food and $10,130 fiscal donation this event was able to provide to the Atlanta Community Food Bank this year, hopefully it also will help provide the general public with an awareness of food insecurity and encourage everyone to donate to their local charities to help fight hunger. I have enjoyed being involved with this event from team captain to event Chair and hope to continue to support this mission – one can at a time.
--Sarah Wallace, CDFA, LEED Green Associate
2013 Canstruction® Atlanta Event Chair