Fighting hunger is worth far more than a hill of beans — or even a stack.

Organizers of the 10th annual CANstruction artistic build competition Saturday know that it’s worth thousands of cans of beans, meats, vegetables, you name it.

Donating such nonperishable items are a tangible way local residents can help make sure struggling families have enough to eat for the next few months.

Using canned food, eight teams will compete for a judging panel’s five awards and the public’s People’s Choice Award after they build their creations from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at FairOaks Mall, 2380 25th St. in Columbus.

“People can come out to cheer on the teams (as they build),” said Joy King, United Way of Bartholomew County’s coordinator for the event, hosted by the local Food Insecurity Coalition.

The teams are: Starving Artists, Sunrise Rotary, C4 Engineering (high school students), Clifty Creek Elementary (fifth-graders), Purdue Polytechnic Columbus, Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing, Hawcreek Hauling (consisting of Cummins Inc. employees) and Faurecia.

For more on this story, see Thursday’s Republic.

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at or 812-379-5672.