Columbus colleagues win 2016 CANstruction People's Choice Award
In February, Columbus employees showed their team spirit by participating in the 2016 CANstruction competition for the second year.
Canstruction® is a unique charity which hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the cansculptures® go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the event, all food is donated to local hunger relief organizations. Recognized for our commitment to innovation, hunger relief and collaboration, our work has helped raise nearly 40 million pounds of food since 1992. Canstruction® events are hosted in over 150 cities around the world including North America, Australia, South America, Europe and Asia.
For this year’s competition, our CRS Engineering team designed a Minecraft-style crash test dummy and sled with the theme “Don’t be a Dummy - Wear a Seatbelt!” We used over 1,600 cans of assorted vegetables to build our structure. We also tied in our annual food drive with this year’s CANstruction event. Our colleagues donated almost 3,000 canned goods in favor of our structure, which helped us win the People’s Choice Award!
Seven other local teams competed, designing and building structures that included R2-D2, a gigantic 4-sided emoji square, and Snoopy lying on top of his doghouse. All canned goods - more than 38,000 cans from the structures and People’s Choice donations - will be donated to the local food pantries of Love Chapel, Hope Community Center and the Salvation Army.
On March 8, 2016 Columbus employees delivered over pounds of canned goods to Love Chapel food pantry which provides basic amenities and other assistance to Bartholomew County residents. Thanks to our employees we were able to transform simple canned goods into works of art and to support local lives affected by hunger!