Canstruction Brings In 27 Tons For Food Pantry

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Thanks to area businesses and groups, Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) Food Pantry guests will find shelves full of food this summer.

MOM hosted the third annual Canstruction® Madison Thursday, which in conjunction with a community-wide food drive raised 27 tons of food. The event took place at Keva Sports Center.

Canstruction is a competition in which community members come together to build highly imaginative structures out of canned goods and packaged food.  After the structures are built and the winners are declared, all food used in the structures is donated to the MOM Food Pantry.  Teams plan their structures weeks in advance, and then come together on the day of the event to build their displays.  Prior to the evening event, the structures are judged by design professionals and community leaders.




Most Nutritious Meal – Exact Sciences:  Wash Away Hunger, a sandcastle built mostly with Baked Beans, surrounded by waves, made with cans of Tuna.  The structure also included rice, and cans of fruit and vegetables. Exact Sciences also won the award for most cans, with a structure that included 6,157 cans of food. 


Best Use of Labels – WTS Paradigm:  1-Up Hunger, a structure of Mario wiping out hunger and saving the day.


Structural Ingenuity – CUNA Mutual Group:  Wishing Away Hunger with MOM, a genie on a red carpet.


Celebrity Award, presented by Gilbert Brown:  Middleton Fire Company No. 1:  Responding to Hunger, a firestation replica with a talking firedog.


Judges’ Choice – Capitol Insurance Companies:  Food FORE ALL, a classic windmill mini-golf hole, complete with moving blades.


People’s Choice – Thinking Outside the Can:  Roller-Canster, a rollercoaster structure with a moving belt and a can that weaved its way around the track, representing the rollercoaster car.


Youth Award –Middleton E.L.I.T.E.:  The Time to End Hunger is Now, a replica of Big Ben. 


According to MOM, this event is more than just a friendly competition. 

“Each can is more than just a building block; each can is food for a family and another step towards ending hunger in our community,” said Al Ripp, executive director of MOM. “We’re thankful for the community members who made our third year such a huge success.  Nearly 45 percent of the people we serve are children,  which makes this fun event also vital to our community’s well-being.”  

MOM is a local non-profit organization that leads a community-wide effort to prevent homelessness and end hunger for our neighbors throughout Middleton, West Madison and Cross Plains.  Through our business partners, affiliated churches, area schools, community service clubs, and numerous individuals, we provide food, clothing, housing assistance, emergency financial assistance, and special services for seniors.  All programs are provided free of charge to neighbors in need. To learn more about the programs and people helped by MOM, log on to


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