Canstruction New York

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Location: New York, NY
Industry: Nonprofit

Nonprofit – small

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Canstruction New York

Katie Devlin

DONE DEAL: Canstruction is a design and build competition founded by the late Cheri Melillo and her volunteer colleagues from the Society for Design Administration. The founding vision was to unite the design, engineering and construction industry through a unique and fun medium that would provide canned food to hunger-relief organizations. Each year, it takes eight to 12 weeks of design time and thousands of cans of food to create a structure that is built in a single night and displayed to the public at Brookfield Place in Lower Manhattan. Canstruction has partnered with City Harvest since 2007 to put food from each event to good use.

Fun Fact: For the 23rd Annual Canstruction Competition in 2015, New York architecture and engineering firms built 29 pop-art sculptures with more than 120,000 cans of food.

BIG IMPACT: “Nearly one in five people in our city are food-insecure,” says president Katie Devlin. “Canstruction has played a vital role in helping fill City Harvest trucks with food during the winter months.” Over the years, Canstruction has donated more than 633,000 pounds of food to City Harvest. Since its inception in New York City, Canstruction has grown to become one of the largest and most consistent canned food contributors to food banks. Canstruction events have been held in over 150 cities worldwide, resulting in nearly 30 million pounds of donated food.