Thursday, March 27, 2014

Tuna Moon and Back

This past weekend, employees of several local firms and schools built structures out of cans at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City, New York in an event called Canstruction of the Southern Tier.  The purpose of the competition is to raise money for our local CHOW food bank here in the Binghamton, New York area.  These structures are all built from stacked food cans, and it isn't as easy as you might think.

Here are some of the entries (I might post more later this week):
The name of this is logical: Tuna Moon and Back (Rockwell Collins).
Just think of stacking 4,103 cans.
My personal favorite:  I love how this actually seems to be floating in the air.

"Spiedie Fest Balloons"
New Visions Engineering Academy - "Twisting Out Hunger".

This is the entire list of entrants:

  1. BCK-IBI Group - "Sharing a Picnic"
  2. Broome-Tioga BOCES - CTE Leadership/SkillsUSA - "Warming Your Hearts for Hunger
  3. Broome-Tioga BOCES - New Visions Engineering Academy - "Twisting Out Hunger"

  4. Delta Engineers - "Checkmate on Hunger"
  5. IBM, Endicott - "A Smarter Planet Needs Smarter Food. Let's Build a Smarter Planet."

  6. Keystone Associates Architects, Engineers & Surveyors, LLC - "Spiedie Fest Balloons"

  7. Lockheed Martin - "Aligning the Stars Against Hunger"
  8. Rockwell Collins - "Tuna Moon and Back"
  9. United Health Services - "MyPlate"
10. Visions Federal Credit Union - "Packed with a Vision"

As the website for the competition says:

"At the close of the competition, all of the proceeds from Canstruction® of the Southern Tier will help support hunger-relief activities in Broome County. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier and CHOW work in partnership to leverage national, regional, and local resources to end hunger in our community. The canned food used in each structure will be distributed through CHOW to emergency food programs throughout Broome County including food pantries, soup kitchens, and other community meal programs."
There is too much hunger in this community.  We've had hard times in recent years. Major employers have left. Others, such as IBM, have downsized tremendously.  The need continues to grow for assistance.  A humbling statistic was given to us last year by a CHOW volunteer, who mentioned that 70% of their clientele were working.

How does your community fight hunger?


  1. I think they need to use cans of food that are also provided as donations to the group. No empty cans and all cans containing valuable ingredients or meals.

  2. What a cool ideal. Every year the local schools have a food drive which consist of loading a bus full of food.
    Coffee is on

  3. This is so cool and clever and for a wonderful cause! Glad to see that you do have time for blogging! :)

  4. Awesome!! Love how the designs are made from cans. very creative.. I hope wins deserves it. Thank you for sharing!

  5. The imagine some people show is astounding. They've shown a lot of skill to in making their constructions life-like. The balloon soaring above the landscape is so clever.

  6. I loved your creative title Alana. What a great idea!

  7. Longview (TX) Community Ministries does a "Canstruct" challenge like this to benefit the FoodBox annually. Our church youth always do something wonderful - I love this idea and how the displays engage the public, too.


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