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Canstruction benefit to feed the hungry opens Oct. 21

TRINITY — A can-do spirit will permeate the 2013 edition of the Canstruction benefit, which collects canned goods to help feed the hungry.

New to the competition, staff members of Wells Fargo Advisors last week previewed their creation during the grand opening of the firm’s Trinity office. The Rubik’s cube replica is made out of 850 cans of food, according to spokeswoman Arndrea Laporte.

The team soon will move its canned sculpture to the West Pasco Government Center lobby, where the sixth annual Canstruction Build/Design Competition will open Monday, Oct. 21.

The newcomers from Wells Fargo will put their creation on display along with entries from West Pasco Business Association with architect Jack D Henry, Trinity Elementary School with W. Calton Grantt, AIA, and Pasco-Hernando Community College Human Services Club with Art Pollard from Spring Engineering.

The Volunteer Way Food Bank invites the community to be a part of the event, which continues through Oct. 25 at the government center, 7530 Little Road, New Port Richey.

Canstruction is one competition where everyone wins, Martha O’Brien remarked as assistant CEO of Volunteer Way.

The structures will be on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. Participants in this event will compete for awards, Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity, Jurors’ Favorite and People’s Choice Award.

Admission to the event is free. Spectators are encouraged, however, to bring one can of food or a monetary donation of $1, O’Brien said. In exchange, all donors will have the opportunity to cast a vote for their favorite structure for the People’s Choice Award.

At the end of the event, all food will be donated to the food bank to feed the hungry.

Volunteer Way is a nonprofit, charitable organization that assists people caught in poverty, O’Brien said. Every month, Volunteer Way helps more than 20,000 low-income and homeless children, seniors and families with food, personal items, referrals and a word of encouragement. All food is free.

For more information telephone O’Brien at (727) 815-0433 or email to The website at also provides details.

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