Madison West Lays Hunger to Rest: Canstruction Event Nets 27 Tons of Food

Take 3,600 cans of tuna, green and black beans, multiply that by five hours of stacking said cans, then add 10 volunteers and what do you get?  One fun and rewarding day for The Students of Globe University team at Canstruction Madison 2013.

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Tracy Hanson, accounting student gets playful during the competition.

This was the third year Globe University-Madison West competed in Canstruction Madison, a competition that raises food donations for Middleton Outreach Ministry. This time around, it was through the efforts of students, specifically the Globe Business and Accounting student organization (GBA), that made this year’s structure possible.

The team’s submission was titled “Laying Hunger to Rest.” The structure consisted of an eight-foot-tall tombstone and life-sized casket.

Scott Miller, student in the agriculture business program and president of GBA, explained the message behind it. “The goal of Middleton Outreach Ministry and Canstruction is to end hunger. Our structure this year is one of irony in that if we don’t lay hunger to rest, the people going hungry could ultimately be laid to rest from starvation. We believe that our structure helps to bring awareness to the seriousness of this issue and helps us do our part to end hunger.”

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The Students of Globe University team pose with their completed structure.

Though the students didn’t bring home a winning trophy, the team still felt like winners by helping Middleton Outreach Ministry. Their efforts helped raise more than 27 tons of food which will help feed area people in need during the summer months. The summer months are significant because it’s a time when donations are down and the need is greater.

“Even though we didn’t win, it felt good knowing we were helping our community,” shared Tracy Hanson, student in the accounting program. “Winning a trophy was not what it was about or why we participated in the event. We look forward to participating next year!”

The students’ “We Care” spirit was there and it showed. One cannot really comprehend the whole Canstruction experience without seeing it for themselves.  Check out this video I created that highlighted the day for The Students of Globe University team.