Eighth annual ‘Canstruction’ event to take place April 8

SUNY Oneonta’s 8th annual Canstruction event will take place Sunday, April 8, at the Southside Mall, where teams made up of local business employees, community members and SUNY Oneonta students will use design and problem-solving skills to create canned food structures and give back to the community.

At 9 a.m., teams will begin building sculptures using thousands of unopened cans of food, which will later be donated to 15 local food pantries. Canstruction is a national charity committed to ending hunger one can at a time. In the eight years it has been held locally, the event has garnered 25,000 pounds of food. It is organized annually by Linda Drake, executive director for SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community.

The community is invited to watch the building and judging of can sculptures, which will take place at 4 p.m. Judges will be Fred Scheller of The Daily Star, Libby Cudmore of All Otsego, and Luisa Montanti, general manager of the Southside Mall. Trophies will be given away for Best Use of Labels, Favorite, Best Meal and Structural Ingenuity. There will also be a “People’s Choice” category.

Participants must use cans with original labels, and they cannot use glue or anything that will affect the cans during construction. The structures will stay up all week so that the community can see them.

There will be 11 groups participating this year: SUNY Oneonta’s Her Campus club, fraternities Sigma Gamma Phi and Alpha Phi Omega, student athletes, Resident Student Organization and Sodexo; a Hannaford team; robotics team; Glimmerglass Explorer 4H; A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital; and ONC BOCES.