Hi everyone!It's no news to anyone that world hunger continues to be an issue and everyone of us has fought gut-wrenching guilt when we throw away excess or wasted food knowing somewhere a fellow being is longing for that morsel.
While it is not an easy issue to solve, it is also one that we cannot turn a blind eye to. So a group of us have come together to participate in the Canstruction competition in Orange County this September. All this means is that a few of us felt it worth our while to spend our time, money, effort towards being creative and putting that creativity towards a cause that really means something.
Canstruction is a United States 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization , established in 1992, provides canned food to local food banks in cities holding Canstruction competitions. With more than 170 cities and over 30,000 volunteers participating in Canstruction competitions, Canstruction has grown to become one of the largest food drives for food bank donations in the world.
This year, in keeping with the celebratory spirit of Ganesh chathurthi (which coincides with the event), we’ve planned on a Canstruction of Lord Ganesh . To the uninitiated, Ganesha is a very popular Hindu God, son of ‘Shiva' and is known to be a 'remover of obstacles'.
True to Canstruction's spirit we would like to make a small dent on world hunger through some cultural awareness, a dash of creativity, a spoonful of fun and a whole lot of community togetherness.
This effort of ours takes money and you can rest assured that every dollar of your contribution will go towards a can of food that will eventually feed a hungry person.
You CAN, together we all CAN, make a difference.
1. Cover picture: Collage of :
The "Two-point CANversion" can structure from the 2010 competition defies gravity and structural ingenuity by Chakshu101, licensed under CreativeCommons for Wikimedia commons,
"A fungus to feed us " by Chakshu101 - licensed under CreativeCommons for WikiMedia commons,
"A barrel of monkeys" by Gensler for Canstruction - Orange county in 2017, picture by Mayuri Joshi.
2. Disney partnered with Canstruction to break a Guinness World Record for the largest canned food structure with 115000 cans enough to provide 70,000 meals for the needy. Picture is licensed under CreativeCommons for Wikimedia commons
3. "Seated Ganesha" 1200-1300, India, Karnataka state, schist, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, licensed under CreativeCommons for Wikimedia Commons
- John Galt
- Nazy Nassiri
- Sanaa Iyer
- Alice Payne
- Judy Yam