Ninth annual ‘Canstruction’ a success

SUNY Oneonta’s 9th annual ‘Canstruction’ event — held Sunday, April 7, at the Southside Mall — was a great success.

Teams made up of local business employees, schools, community members and SUNY Oneonta students used design and problem-solving skills to build sculptures using thousands of unopened cans of food, which will be donated to local food pantries.

Participants collected 2,645 pounds of food and 3,195 cans!

Five teams from the following groups participated this year: Sigma Gamma Phi (SUNY Oneonta), SUNY Oneonta Athletes, SUNY Oneonta’s Robotics Team, A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital, and South Kortright Central School.

Canstruction is a national charity committed to ending hunger one can at a time. In the nine years it has been held locally, the event has brought in 35,645 pounds of food. It is organized annually by Linda Drake, executive director for SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Social Responsibility and Community.

Participants had to use cans with original labels, and they could not use glue or anything that would affect the cans during construction. The community is invited to go to the mall to see the structures – They will be on display until April 14!