Earning the “Peoples’ Choice Large Structure” award was the team comprised of BOCES New Visions Engineering Academy and Lockheed Martin. Employing approximately 1,700 cans and boxes of food items, the team created the “Hunger Tank,” replete with rotating turret and a primary goal being to “blow up hunger.”
Meanwhile, students and staff in BOCES’ SkillsUSA program teamed up with Visions Federal Credit Union to “wreck hunger” with a massive design that included a replica of a construction crane smashing down a wall with its wrecking ball. The project required 4,232 food containers. Their creation earned the “Best Original Design” award.
“Canstruction of the Southern Tier 2019,” part of an international hunger-relief effort, is an innovative and challenging competition that turns hard work and creativity into nourishment for the less fortunate. All food and donations from the event go to The Food Bank of the Southern Tier and CHOW. The canned food used in each structure will be distributed through CHOW to emergency food programs throughout Broome County, including food pantries, soup kitchens and other community meal programs.