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, Feeding America reports that one in 10 households are struggling to put food on the table – including one in eight children!

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 2018, we addressed the “Heroes vs. Villains” theme by building Ursula from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It’s Time for Ursula to Take Hunger into Her Own Tentacles was built out of 2,049 cans of tuna, peanut butter, and beans – the most requested foods from the food bank!

In 2017, we addressed the “Folklore, Fairy Tales, and Mythical Creatures” theme with Hunger CAN Not Pass! This troll crouched under a bridge was built of 4,251 cans of vegetables, beans, fruit, and tuna.

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.

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! View the timelapse video on our YouTube channel.

In 2014, we addressed the Pop Culture theme with: Grumpy Cat Says NO to Hunger! This structure was built of 1900 cans of soup, vegetables, and beans. View the timelapse video on our YouTube channel.