Cheers to Ending Hunger: CANstruction 2018 CANstruction is a community service project with more than 170 cities participating internationally where architects, engineers, designers, and contractors compete to design and build fantastic giant-sized structures made entirely out of canned and packaged foods. The Cincinnati chapter benefits the Freestore Foodbank, and with the support of the design and construction industry, thousands of hungry people are fed and a greater awareness of issues surrounding hunger are brought to the public’s attention. Canstruction has grown to become one of the largest food drives for food bank donations in the world. This year, we teamed up with M+A Architects to design our structure. What did we decide on? A 10′ tall, 7’ wide beer stein decorated with the Cincinnati flag through creative placement of the can labels suitably titled “Cheers to Ending Hunger.” We completed building the stein in a little under five hours with the help of over 10 volunteers from both HGC and M+ A. We were lucky to raise over $5,000 in donations to help us complete our goal. Since its beginning, Cincinnati canstruction has contributed over 800,000 pounds of food to the Freestore Foodbank, which is enough to provide over 681,000 meals. In 2017, Cincinnati landed at number 6 on the list of Top 25 Cities of the most food donated to food banks with over 80,000 pounds. As of April 13, the total number of cans, bottles, boxes, and bags used for this year was 74,483! This year we proudly took home the award of “Best Meal” thanks to our use of black beans, tomatoes, potatoes, tuna, marshmallows, and coffee (yum!). Our structure is on display until April 29 at the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts.