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February 11, 2011

Canstruction – Feeding Hunger

by okanagancollegesustainability

A partnership between Civil Engineering Technology students and members of SIFE Okanagan proved to be a win-win partnership for the College and community after the Okanagan College team earned an honourable mention at the Canstruction event and collected hundreds of pounds of food for the Food Bank.
canstCanstruction is a community hunger awareness event and food drive campaign that charges teams with building a structure out of non-perishable food items. SIFE Okanagan not only competed in the event but also partnered with the host committee to administer the weeklong event.

As a part of their Let’s Can Hunger initiative, SIFE Okanagan collected 2,500 cans of Campbell’s soup then turned to Okanagan College Civil Engineering students to come up with a design for the structure. With the event falling close to Valentine’s Day, the team decided to build a Hershey’s Kiss out of tomato soup cans. Engineering students Ben and Chris built a diagram for the structure and proved to be flexible in their design during the build.

Though they didn’t win the event, the College students raised awareness and food for their Let’s Can Hunger campaign. With the campaign now well underway, SIFE Okanagan reports they have now collected 61,417 pounds of food and are well on their way to reaching their goal of 80,000 pounds.

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