It's the Great PumpCAN Charlie Brown by Lines & Designs 3D and Long Island ReSound Handbell Ensemble won an award for "Best Use of Labels" in the 2016 Canstruction. (Photo: Canstruction Long Island)
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Can-do volunteers stack up in fight against hunger

Teams of volunteers are gearing up to participate in the annual Canstruction Long Island event later this month to benefit community food banks in their continuing battle against hunger.

The event, a design/build challenge where teams compete to create artistic sculptures with thousands of cans of food, begins at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 with the 12-hour buildout session at RXR Plaza in Uniondale. The awards reception is held the following evening and an exhibit of creations will be open to the public from Oct. 31 through Nov. 18 at the same location.

The cost of admission is just one can of food. At the end of the exhibition, all cans are donated to help feed the hungry on Long Island through the Interfaith Nutrition Network, Island Harvest Food Bank, Long Island Cares/The Harry Chapin Food Bank and The NEST at Nassau Community College. 

Since 2007, the participants of Canstruction Long Island have donated over 480,000 cans, yielding some 320,000 meals, along with about $40,000 to help fight hunger on Long Island​.

To learn more about Canstruction Long Island, visit

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