‘Canstruction’ Event Nov. 7 to Bolster Supplies for FISH Food Pantry

Photo of students at the Canstruction event.

The annual “Canstruction” event is an occasion designed to raise awareness about world hunger and to bolster supplies for the local FISH food pantry.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Oct. 23, 2007 – The annual “Canstruction” event – an occasion designed to raise awareness about world hunger and to bolster supplies for the local FISH food pantry — will be held Nov. 7 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The event, sponsored by the Student Dietetic Association and Lambda Chi, is planned for noon on Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the lobby of the University Center.

“In 2004, 35 million people in the U.S. were considered to be at risk of hunger. More than 13 million of these were children,” said Dr. Marcia Nahikian-Nelms, professor of human environmental studies and director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Southeast. “Canstruction began over 10 years ago in our attempt to draw attention to hunger issues not only throughout the world but here in our own communities. Last year we collected over 5,000 cans of food for our local food pantries. I can’t think of a better way to show our Southeast spirit to make a difference in our community.”

All student organizations and individual classes are encouraged to compete by collecting food, and then designing and building structures from the cans collected.  All foods collected will be donated to the FISH food pantry.

“The FISH Volunteers of Cape Girardeau is a food pantry by local community members serving all of Cape County. It is located at 106 S. Sprigg St.,” Nahikian-Nelms said.

This year’s theme is “Share the Rowdy Spirit!” Judging will take place at 12:30 p.m. This year’s judges will include Kenneth W. Dobbins, president of Southeast Missouri State University, and George Gasser, Student Government president. Student organizations and individual classes interested in participating are asked to register by Nov. 2.

For more information and to register a team, please contact Dr. Marcia Nahikian-Nelms at (573) 651-2994 or mnelms@semo.edu.