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18th Annual ‘CANstruction’ Event at Livingston Mall to Benefit Community Food Bank of New Jersey


LIVINGSTON, NJ – The New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA-NJ) and the organization’s local AIA Newark and Suburban section today announced that CANstruction, the annual design exhibition to benefit local food bank programs, will be on display from Oct. 7 through Oct. 16 at the Livingston Mall.

The event is part of a national program that calls upon teams of architects and designers to envision and construct creative structures made entirely of canned food. The structures will be built on Oct. 6 during the eight-hour "build day" and will remain on display through Oct. 16. 

The 2016 CANstruction theme is "Summer Athletic Games" and is an opportunity for teams to interpret their favorite athletic events, themes and imagery from the world of competitive sports. Once the structures are deconstructed, the cans will be donated to the Community Food Bank of New Jersey (CFBNJ) for distribution to various community food bank programs. 

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The Community Food Bank of New Jersey is a member of "Feeding America," a nationwide network of over 200 food banks. For more than 30 years, CFBNJ has been fighting poverty and hunger in the Garden State, distributing almost 45-million pounds of food annually and reaching more than one million hungry New Jersey residents. 

The distribution recipients include pantries, soup kitchens, programs for children and the elderly and shelters.

This year’s event will also invite the public to donate cans at the sculpture location. A collection point will be located near the sculptures, allowing guests to leave canned food donations during their visit. 

This will be the 18th year for the design competition. Once again, Simon Property Group® has generously made available its Livingston Mall as the venue for the event. Goya Foods™ has also signed on again to provide its sponsorship of the event.

Recognized for their commitment to art, innovation and hunger relief, CANstruction events have raised over 40 million pounds of food for local food banks since 1992.

 To learn more about Canstruction, visit

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