JOHNSON CITY, N.Y. – Broome and BOCES students showed off their engineering skills while donating 30,000 cans of food to people in need. Through ‘Canstruction’, students designed elaborate structures made entirely out of cans. They displayed their work at the Oakdale Mall.

The Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse, or CHOW, organized the event, which is in its fifth year. Jack Seman, Director of CHOW, said the event creates awareness about food insecurity in Broome County.

“It raises so much awareness when people come to the mall. They’re doing their shopping and they walk past these giant structures and think ‘why is this happening, what’s the need?’ And people realize there are a lot of hungry people in Broome County.” – Jack Seman, Director of CHOW

For six hours, students made sculptures of a state building and a whole forest using 30,000 cans and other packaged foods. Displayed right in front of The Bon-Ton, the sculptures will be disassembled next week to provide 60,000 meals for people in need.

“It’s incredible to see that generation really working and creating such incredible structures to feed people. It’s great to see every year.” – Jack Seman, Director of CHOW.

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