Canstruction: Working to Halt Hunger

Hunger is all around us: according to Feeding America, 1 in 7 of the U.S. population suffers from hunger. In Massachusetts, Project Bread reports that 9.6% of households are struggling to put food on the table – almost one in ten!

But ONE CAN makes a difference.

Canstruction is a unique competition that involves designing and building statues made entirely out of canned foods. At the end of the event, the cans are donated to local food banks. Since 2001, Nitsch Engineering has used healthy canned foods to build the best sculpture possible.

Lisa Brothers, President and CEO of Nitsch Engineering, says, “We participate in a number of charitable events, but CANstruction is definitely one of our favorites. We love that this competition allows us to combine our design abilities with a wonderful cause like helping Massachusetts’s hungry.”

In 2016, we addressed the “Journey into Space” theme by building Marvin the Martian, flying through space to achieve Nothing Short of Total World Hunger Dominance! The structure was built of 4,100 cans of vegetables, soups, and pasta, providing healthy foods for the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.

In 2015, we celebrated Canstruction Boston’s 20th anniversary by building a slice of funfetti cake and a champagne bottle and flute. Celebrate CAN Times included 2,534 cans of vegetables and pasta to benefit the Merrimack Valley Food Bank!

In 2014, we addressed the Pop Culture theme with: Grumpy Cat Says NO to Hunger!