FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - Area high school students are raising hunger awareness by building beautiful and plentiful structures at Glenbrook Mall.
Those structures, comprised of canned goods and other non-perishable food items, are part of Community Harvest Food Bank’s 2012 CAN-Struction. The event is the Community Harvest’s biggest food drive each year and collects hundreds of thousands of pounds of goods for the hungry in Northeast Indiana.
Scott Day, a senior and DeKalb High School, is one of the dozens of students crafting the edible art. He says his principal served as his team’s motivator.
“He introduced us to the topic and we thought it sounded like a great organization and a way to give back to the community."
CAN-Struction is a nationwide initiative to raise hunger awareness. Here in the Northeast Indiana region, Community Harvest Food Bank has created the event so that high schools can participate. The high schools have to collect their own non-perishable items through fundraising efforts and they bring them by the truckload to Glenbrook Mall.
Claudia Johnson with the food bank says that while the economy might feel and look as though it is improving, she says new families are finding their way to the food bank.
"Some of them held off as long as they possibly could and are just finally feeling like they can't do anything but come to the food bank and that's fine. So, there's still a need and there will always be a need."
Olivia Bowman of Blackhawk Christian is a repeat participant in CAN-Struction. She calls the annual event amazing for its ability to both bring together high school students from throughout the region and to help the community.
"We're just amazed about this whole turnout and this whole organization. It's incredible what they do."
Day echoes Bowman's sentiment.
"It's a great feeling to give back to somebody, especially those in need."
Saturday, a panel will judge the structures. Throughout the week, the public can place cans by the high school structures they like the most and a people’s choice award will be handed out on April 22.
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