The build is on in local food drive competition
From Enterprise Staff
Here’s the competitive question: Can companies and Polk Countians use cans creatively to concoct culinary constructions? That’s what the organizers of CanStruction want to know as they kick off this year’s contest to use cans or other packaged food items to build interesting structures and help fill shelves at the MannaFest Food Pantry.
The competition comes at a time when food pantries nationwide not only are dealing with high demands but also are having trouble procuring popular items such as peanut butter, green beans and turkey for clients due to problems with the food supply chain.
CanStruction team registration is open through noon on Nov. 29 and judging will take place on Dec. 2. Registration forms are available in the events section on MannaFest’s website: https://www.mannafestlivingstontexas.org or by calling the MannaFest office at (936)327-9555.
Competitors are asked to use canned or boxed food items to create model-sized “structures” that fit one of this year’s themes:
• Best interpretation of overall theme: Leading the fight against hunger in Polk County
• Best Polk County inspiration
• Best creative use of food and labels
After judging and community viewing, the components of the structures are donated to the non-profit food pantry. Marilyn Wise, executive director of the MannaFest Food Pantry, said the holidays bring extra demand on pantry supplies.
“We expand our offerings for the holidays,” she said. “At Thanksgiving we deliver meals to shut-ins, the homeless and others who need blessings on that day. And we already are putting together boxes for families with school-age children to use during the Christmas break when their kids are home from school.”
The website outlines rules of the competition, including what building materials can be used. Entrants can choose from one of three size categories based on the number of building blocks or cans: Small (under 250), Medium (250-500) or Large (More than 500).
CanStruction serves as a lead-in for MannaFest’s Christmas Tour of Homes, which will be from 4-8 p.m. Dec. 4. CanStruction award winners will be announced at 7 p.m. that day.