Over the past several years, the team at ACI Boland Architects has rolled up their sleeves and put their thinking caps on to participate in the Kansas City Canstruction® Event. This event is something our entire ACI staff looks forward to every year. Canstruction® is a unique charity that hosts competitions, exhibitions, and events showcasing large structures made entirely out of full cans of food. Each year there is a theme associated with the event and competitors do their best to come up with a creative way to build their structure. After assembling the project, the “Cansculptures” go on display to the public in a giant art exhibition. After the event comes to an end, the food is all donated to local hunger relief organizations. The local benefactor here in Kansas City is Harvestors.
Canstruction® has taken place in more than 150 cities across the US, Australia, South America, Europe, and Asia. Since 1992, the Canstruction® events have helped provide over 25 million pounds of food to families in need.
For the 2015 Kansas City Canstruction® event, ACI Boland Architects decided on a design theme that is very true to our city as well as our own award winning competition BBQ team “On the Sauce”. Nothing says KC like BBQ and our team took the design and assembly of the structure as serious as they take a debate on whose BBQ is the best.
ACI Boland Architects along with build partner McCownGordon put a lot of hard work into our Cansculpture this year and the end result was awesome! We may have not walked away with one of the top honors, but we had a great time working together to help those in need right here in Kansas City.
This section of our newsletter is typically reserved for “fun facts”, however there is nothing fun about hunger. We wanted to share some facts that continue to inspire us to do our part in helping the fight against hunger.
· 15.1 percent of people in our region, or one in seven, is food insecure.
· 41 percent of the food insecure children live in households that do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and often must rely on charitable food assistance programs.
· Eight states exhibited statistically significantly higher household food insecurity rates than the U.S. national average. Missouri was one of those states at 16.9%
· In 2013, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children.
· World wide, 165 million children under the age of 5 experience stunted growth due to malnutrition.
If you are interested in opportunities to help those in our community that are food insecure, CLICK HERE to visit Harvesters website.
The Kansas City Star featured ACI Boland's Cansculpture in a recent issue. To view this article CLICK HERE!