Doña Ana County

‘CANSTRUCTION’ EVENT FOCUSES ON ART, CONSTRUCTION, HUNGER AWARENESS

‘CANSTRUCTION’ EVENT FOCUSES ON ART, CONSTRUCTION, HUNGER AWARENESS

             A local food pantry is celebrating a milestone by bringing awareness to food insecurity in Doña Ana County with some impressive building techniques – sculptures made entirely of food.
            CANstruction is a nationwide nonprofit organization that partners with Casa de Peregrinos, a Las Cruces-based food program that distributes more than three million pounds of food to underserved residents annually. This year, CANstruction will be hosted at the Doña Ana County Government Center and will feature as many as four large-scale sculptures made entirely of canned, nonperishable food.
            Individual teams have volunteered to spearhead the design and build. The New Mexico State University Society of Women Engineers is one of the teams in the bi-annual event, along with teams from area Walmart locations and Bohannon Huston, Inc.
            Teams will assemble at the government center on Thursday evening, April 25 to receive their shipment of canned food and begin building their sculpture. Friday morning, April 26, each sculpture will be available for viewing by the public in the main corridor of the government center, after which a team of judges will select a winner. Judging criteria includes overall design and whether or not the cans selected represent a complete meal.
            After the competition, each sculpture will be deconstructed and all food used in the build will be donated to Casa de Peregrinos.
            “We are so very grateful to Doña Ana County for their support,” said Christina Villegas-Fierro, Development and Volunteer Coordinator for Casa de Peregrinos. “Our mission to serve this community would not be possible without them.”
            For several years, Casa de Peregrinos has been able to reach rural communities in Doña Ana County through the county’s Community Resource Centers, which are used as food distribution centers.
            This year’s event falls on the 40th anniversary of Casa de Peregrinos, a vital community partner in Doña Ana County that has helped provide nutritional needs of residents since its inception in 1979. The program works to alleviate hunger through various initiatives such as the The Rural Food Initiative, the Children’s Summer Food Program and the Food Security Program – the flagship operation of Casa de Peregrinos which distributes regular, monthly grocery allotments to families in need.
            At Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, a proclamation was unanimously approved declaring Friday, April 26 as Casa de Peregrinos Day in Doña Ana County in honor of the agency’s anniversary.
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