Canstruction Builds Support for the Food Bank

CANstruction is a school wide event for clubs and it is rapidly approaching. Cans are being donated to room B114 or to any club that is competing in Brandeis. This event goes towards helping the San Antonio Food Bank, all the cans that are collected will be given to the food bank after the event.

CANstruction is an event that is created by the G.T. Leadership 2 class in partnership with A.F.J.R.O.T.C.. The event takes place on Wednesday, November 9th in the Cafeteria 4:30pm – 5:30pm. Clubs from Brandeis compete on a 6×6 space to build their structure. There is a 15 member max allowed to compete in the event. The judges will award the club that is Most Creative and the one that has the Most Cans.

The main purpose of CANstruction is to collect and donate food to help those in need. The San Antonio Food Bank feeds 16 counties in Texas. According to the San Antonio Food Bank, 58,000 people receive emergency food assistance from the Food Bank each week. 

G.T. coordinator Terri McDaniel explains the motivation behind the event,  

“We’re trying to find a way to make a difference in the community…this is our opportunity to make a difference,” McDaniel Said.

McDaniel also said that the can goal for this year is 4,500 cans, which was surpassed with over 5,000 pounds of cans donated.

CANstruction has happened 2013, 2014, and now 2016. The reason CANstruction didn’t take place last year was because there was no GT Leadership 2 class in the fall, although A.F.J.R.O.T.C. did have a food drive. But the G.T. Leadership 2 class prefers to have CANstruction in the fall,

“We find that people are more willing to give during the fall,” McDaniel said.

CANstruction is Brandeis’s way to help solve the problem of hunger in San Antonio and is just one of a couple ways to give back to the community.

“This is a way to raising awareness about hunger in San Antonio and also make a difference. Imagine what could happen if every kid and every adult here on this campus donated just 5 cans, that would make a huge difference,” McDaniel said.

Update: The winner for most creative CANstruction was the Latin Club and the winner for who collected the most cans was JROTC. Over 4,000 cans were collected this year from CANstruction alone.


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