Helping Hands food drive gets creative

By Pulse Staff

This is one of the examples sent out by McKinniss to CANstruction participants of what a can sculpture may look like.

It’s time to be a “SOUP-er Hero”!

Wednesday, Nov. 2 is the 17th Annual Helping Hands Food Drive at the University of Findlay. But the second annual CANstruction contest is set for this weekend in the College of Business/Student Life (CBSL) building.

The rules are a little different this year.

Starting Friday, Oct. 28 at 5 p.m., 11 campus organizations will be able to build a sculpture made of cans of food. However, Riley McKinniss, Marketing Coordinator for Dining Services says student groups won’t have to go it alone when collecting items to use for their sculpture.

“Previously, teams were responsible to collect ALL food used in their sculpture either by purchasing it through funds set aside by your organization or by collecting donations yourself,” McKinniss said in an email sent to the organizations. “This year, SGA has graciously donated dollars to help us ensure each team starts on a level playing field.”

The SGA donation will be the base amount for each sculpture but organizations can add as much as they want to complete their creations.

The groups have all weekend to build the sculptures but they must be done by Tuesday, Nov. 1 at noon. McKinniss said judging will take place Tuesday, Nov. 1 and Wednesday, Nov. 2, with the winners announced on Thursday, Nov. 3.

In this year’s contest, builders will be allowed to use plain colored paper and regular office tape to complete the projects.

Three awards and corresponding prizes will be given out including:

  • Most Creative (judged by SGA): Bowling Game donated by AMF Lanes and gift card donated by Heavenly Pizza
  • Most Poundage: Axe Throwing Session donated by AxeVentura
  • People’s Choice (judged by @oilereats followers on Instagram and Facebook): Ice Cream Party donated by Dietsch’s Brothers

Helping Hands organizers are also looking for volunteers to help the day of the drive on Nov. 2, according to McKinniss.

“We are in need of volunteers at our inspection, sorting, and packaging location in the CBSL Atrium,” McKinniss said via email. “We have volunteer openings all day.”

Anyone interested in volunteering for the drive can contact McKinniss at

Organizers hope to beat the record of 214,559 pounds of food collected and donated to CHOPIN Hall which helps distribute food all throughout Hancock County.

Anyone wishing to make a virtual donation can do so here. In-person donations can be made at the CBSL or the drop off location at the Alumni Memorial Union (AMU).

Donors who make a 25-pound or $30 donation can be entered to win a $100 Visa Gift Card.