By Caitlin Custer, Donor Outreach Coordinator
DelawareCAN, now just wrapping up its third year, is an event where businesses, organizations and youth groups compete against each others can structures for awards, while doing their part to help out in the community. This year, 15 build teams signed on and came up with some very impressive structures. The business competitors this year were: Chase, Barclaycard US (Wilmington & Newark), Capital One, KBR and DuPont, Delmarva Power, TD Bank, Bank of America and Delaware State University. The youth organizations competing were: Layton Prep and Centreville School, Wilmington Montessori School, St. Mary Magdalen School, Zakat Foundation, Sussex Tech and St. Ann’s Youth Group. Each team did a great job collecting food within their organization and coming up with innovative and interesting food structures. Food Bank employee judges had the pleasure of going around to all of the sites this week and scoring each structure. Awards will be given out next week in both the business and youth categories.
There were two teams that utilized key partnerships to help with their builds:
Delaware State University partnered with the Acme Foundation to build a race car out of food at Dover International Speedway for last month’s race weekend. Eleven health promotion students and three physics students made up the members of the build team. In honor of race weekend festivities, Acme and DSU created a race car that was on display in the Monster Mile Fan Zone. Acme generously donated 9,086 pounds for the build. We want to extend our thanks to all of the members of Delaware State University who worked hard on the build and the Acme Foundation for their donation!
Students at the Wilmington Montessori School (WMS) were very methodical in their structure design, incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and planning out how many of each item they would need to collect in order to finish each structure. Classrooms were assigned specific items for collection, and the entire community was tasked with helping to collect items. When they came up a little bit short, a parent went in to Giant on Concord Pike to see if they could offer their help. Giant stepped up and donated 104 boxes of cereal, 48 cans of Tuna, 4 boxes of crackers, 6 jars of Nutella, 11 cans of green beans and 128 jars of peanut butter! WMS students used every aspect of the competition as a learning opportunity; they documented all the quantities of food items collected as well as the servings per container, serving size, calories per serving and a total dollar amount. They continue to use this as a learning experience involving math, science and writing. Thanks to the hard-working students of Wilmington Montessori School and to Giant for their generous donation.
Pictures of all the structures are posted on our Facebook page, and you have the chance to pick one of our winners! Voting in our People’s Choice Category closes at 4:00 p.m. today (Friday, October 25)! Get your votes in – to vote in the youth category, click here. To vote in the business category, click here.