TROY students build castles to fight hunger

Posted: Tuesday, 23 April 2013

TROY - Troy Campus students will have an opportunity to put their Lego skills to the test in the Hungry for a Change campaign's Can Castle Contest on Wed., April 24.

Eighteen of this year's Office of Student Services and Civic Engagement Civic Scholars will lead a Can Castle Contest on the Quad from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m., as the culmination of a number of service learning activities seeking to address hunger these past few months.

Student teams involved in the event will bring their group's collected canned goods and build can the castles, which will then be judged on soundness of structure, creativity, use of materials, theme and overall appearance. Three teams will be chosen as Best Overall, Runner-up, and Collecting the Most Cans awards. All winning teams will receive a plaque and have items donated in their name.

The students are hoping to collect at least 6,000 canned food items to deliver to local food banks. Currently, 27 business and community partners have pledged to donate at least 100 cans apiece and the students say they hope to more cans at Wednesday's event, said Jonathan Cellon, a coordinator of learning initiatives who's helping with the event.

On Friday, the collected food items will be sorted by local middle-school students during TROY's annual Civic Leadership Day. The items will then be delivered over the course of next week to six Pike County food banks, including the Salvation Army, the Salem-Troy Baptist Association, Christian Mission, Head-Start and St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

Alabama is the nation's seventh poorest state, and the nation's second hungriest state. In Pike County, 30 percent of families - and 38 percent of children - live below the poverty line.

Anyone interested in donating to the drive should bring canned food donations to the Quad on Wednesday, or call Jonathan Cellon at 334-808-6349 by Thursday, April 25 to arrange for pickup.