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Toronto’s 18th Annual Canstruction®

Canstruction® Toronto invites teams of engineers, architects, and designers to take part in the 18th annual Canstruction® at the Toronto Dominion Centre in Toronto.

Please join us for an information night about Canstruction®on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 6:00pm at the Design Exchange (234 Bay St).

What is Canstruction®?

Canstruction® is an international annual design and build competition to raise awareness about the growing hunger gap. Teams of architects, engineers, designers and students design and build ‘Canstructures’, structures made entirely from canned foods within a 10’x10’x8’ space. Teams compete for the titles: Jurors Favourite, Best Use of Labels, Best Meal and Structural Ingenuity. After the competition and exhibition, the structures are deconstructed and all of the cans are donated to Daily Bread Food Bank, the largest provider of food relief in the GTA.

A jury will judge the completed ‘canstructures’ anonymously on May 17, 2016 and the winners will be announced at an evening reception held at the Design Exchange.

“Canstruction® is a unique type of food drive and a way for the design community to collaborate in a creative way and give back to the community we build in,” says Helen Kabriel, co-­‐chair of Canstruction® Toronto. “Not only do they give back through food donations, but their structures attract an audience and provoke discussions on hunger and the challenges facing our city.”

What is the impact of Canstruction®?
Last year, over 50,000 pounds of donated food were sculpted into audacious, edible statues before being donated to the Daily Bread Food Bank. Since the event started in Toronto in 1999, Canstruction® Toronto has donated more than 920,000 pounds of food to Daily Bread Food Bank. Since 1992, Canstruction® has contributed more than 30 million pounds of food to programs around the world. Canstruction® events are held annually in over 150 cities around the world including North America, Australia, South America, Europe and Asia.

Last year, Daily Bread Food Bank provided food for 716,000 hampers in addition to thousands of nutritious meals and snacks at breakfast programs, homeless shelters and prenatal programs for mothers on low incomes. That’s $22 million worth of purchased and donated food delivered to those who need it most. While the lead-­‐up to Christmasis typically a high-­‐donation time for food banks, as the weather gets nicer, the contributions decline. Canstruction® Toronto is helping fill that gap.

“The impact of Canstruction® is enormous. It provides thousands and thousands of pounds of high quality and nutritious food at a time of year when donations typically fall off,” says Gail Nyberg, executive director of Daily Bread Food Bank. “Canstruction® is incredibly important, especially at this time of year, when people may not be thinking about the food bank as much. It helps us to keep our hampers full and nutritious throughout the warm months,” says Nyberg. “The real winners of Canstruction® are the 80,000 people who will use our food banks each and every month.”

Canstruction® Important dates:

Information night: January 12, 2017
Deadline for registration: January 20, 2017
Design submission deadline: February 17, 2017
Build night: May 15, 2017
Awards night: May 1,6 2017
Decanstruction: May 20, 2017

For more information, interviews, and high-­‐resolution images please contact:
Bareket Kezwer
Canstruction® Toronto

About Canstruction® Toronto:

Canstruction® Toronto aims to engage, amaze and inspire professionals and students in the design, architecture and engineering industries to work together to gather food donations and raise public awareness to fight hunger and poverty.
For more information, visit: www.canstructiontoronto.org

About Daily Bread Food Bank

A leader in the fight against hunger, Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-­‐profit, charitable organization that serves people through neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in 170 community agencies across Toronto. Find out more about Daily Bread Food Bank at www.dailybread.ca.