CANstruction build hoping for community support and donations

"Haul Away Hunger" build created by the CAN'd Associates team, Aton's Self Storage, The Parts House and Strand Associates, during the CANstruction build at FairOaks Mall, Saturday, February 22, 2020. Carla Clark | For The Republic

You could say one entry in the 11th Annual CANstruction friendly canned food design competition is destined for the Haul of Fame.

CAN’d Associates’ creation of a detailed dump truck representing the slogan “Haul Away Hunger” won best use of labels among nine teams on Saturday’s build day at FairOaks Mall in Columbus. The event features volunteers with various groups and businesses creating various structures with boxed and canned foods for fun and creativity — and to draw attention to need at three area food pantries.

Label colors and designs of cans and boxes stacked and placed together create art — so much so that the Columbus Area Arts Council used to organize the gathering.

The “Haul Away Hunger” truck, made largely with Cheerio boxes and cans of ravioli, was built in four hours. But that excludes detailed design planning that began in November and 12 pages of computer-aided drawing software guided by team member Jake Fitzsimmons. All 17 team members are part of the local Strand Associates civil engineering firm.

“It was a team effort,” said Zak Ruehman, the group’s leader.

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