‘Can-Struction’ benefits Salvation Army food pantry

Staff Report

The Salvation Army food pantry will be the recipient of canned foods through a new and creative community project called “Wright Out of the Box’s Can-Struction.”

For its inaugural launch, local architects will work with private and public school students, community volunteers and service groups to construct the Ameri-Can flag completely out of canned foods to be displayed during the month of May at CherryVale Mall in center court.

Can-Struction sculptures have been erected in other communities, but this is the first time in Rockford. This project is the brainchild of a newly-formed community partnership initiative called “Wright Out of the Box” that was created by Rockford Lutheran Schools to get businesses, nonprofits, schools, manufacturing and tourist spots in the Rockford area to come together in partnership to showcase the city.

Major Randy Hellstrom, Winnebago County coordinator for The Salvation Army, noted: “This new initiative is exciting for the community, and being designated as the recipient agency of the canned food is much appreciated. It will help support our year-round food pantry that provides services monthly to those in need.”

Canned foods needed

Throughout the United States, Can-Struction sculptures have been created to promote the arts and human service organizations. For Rockford’s first project, an American flag will be constructed out of red-, white-, blue-, yellow- and green-labeled canned foods. Specific types of cans are needed for the footprint of the design, and the following lists of foods are being requested:

• Progresso soups — 18.5-ounce cans;

• Chunk Light Tuna — 5-ounce cans;

• Swanson Chicken Breast in cans — 4.5-ounce cans;

• Goya or La Costena vegetables (various styles) — 11-ounce cans;

• La Costena whole pinto beans — 19.75-ounce cans; and

• Various products (i.e.: Rolland water chestnuts) — 5-ounce cans (15-ounce cans will also work, but fewer are needed of those).

Donations can be taken to CherryVale Mall center court and be placed in designated barrels marked “Watch what we CAN do in the month of May” through May 7.

Volunteers needed

The construction dates for the project are May 8-10. Individuals or groups who would like to participate in the building of the Can-Struction project are encouraged to contact Sam Furman at (815) 316-0893 or gUscPs@comcast.net.

Volunteers are also needed to pass out information about the Can-Struction project and to provide security for the project. For more information, contact Beverly Peterson, Director of Community Relations and Volunteer Services for The Salvation Army, at (815) 962-7207 or Beverly_peterson@usc.salvationarmy.org.

From the April 24-30, 2013, issue

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