2012 – 2013 Yes We CAN!

Sponsored by:

The Hunger Coalition

Project Champion:

Naomi Spence
nspence@thehungercoalition.org

What are the appropriate grade levels:

1 to 12

Is there a limit to the number of participants:

No

Is there an opportunity for community service:

Yes – 15 hours minimum

Is this a new or existing project:

This is a new project.

Estimated project cost:

50

Summary

Description

“Yes we CAN!” offers students the opportunity to meet one of our community’s most basic needs in a creative and inspiring way. Available to all ages and abilities, students design and construct imaginative sculptures using non-perishable food items typical to a Mobile Food Bank distribution. Sculptures will be displayed publicly and all food items donated to The Hunger Coalition to help feed local children and adults experiencing hunger. Modeled after the national program, Canstruction, (www.canstruction.org) the premise is to use art as a vehicle to raise awareness about hunger and collect essential food donations.

Open to broad interpretation and the inclusion of a variety of school curricula including art, math, and science, students are also invited to enlist support from community volunteers, local professionals and businesses. With a minimum of five classrooms participating, students apply their 0 toward the purchase of the food items required for their unique sculpture design. Reaching out to local, regional and national food retailers/suppliers for food donations and matching funds is highly encouraged and a very effective way to leverage donation capacity. The ultimate goal is to educate and inform students and the community about the issue of hunger and procure essential canned foods and dry goods for the Mobile Food Bank Program. Student generosity through “Yes we CAN!” will be realized by far more than pounds of food donated. The impact these donations have on the health and well being of our entire community can be life changing; they help to decrease food insecurity, ensure there is access to wholesome foods, and give hope to hundreds suffering from malnutrition, hunger and family crisis.

“Yes we CAN!” will be championed by Naomi Spence our Program Director. She will be responsible for student motivation and support, logistical coordination and public sculpture display, event promotion and participant recognition. The community service component is met directly through students’ contribution of food to The Hunger Coalition. Partnerships are definitely encouraged on any level, depending on the creativity and resourcefulness of the students participating. Ultimately, “Yes we CAN!” has the potential to become a major annual community event bringing students, businesses, individuals and organizations together in the fight against hunger in Blaine County.

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2012