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Students to use thousands of cans to build their entry Nov. 14 at d’Art Center

NORFOLK, Va. (Nov. 12, 2007) - What do you do with 10,000 cans of food? Build a 4.5-ton structure, of course. At least, that’s what the Engineering Club at Tidewater Community College will do - in less than a single day.

With the theme, “Hunger is NOT Abstract,” TCC students will contribute their engineering skills to help raise awareness by creating a huge abstract-art-type structure for the nationwide CANstruction competition Nov. 14-15 in Selden Arcade in downtown Norfolk.

Created in 1992 and now held in 65 United States cities, CANstruction combines the competitive spirit of a design/build contest with a unique way to feed the hungry. Competing teams of engineering and architectural students and professionals build huge sculptures out of donated canned food items. After the creations are judged and exhibited for two weeks, the food goes to a local food bank.

This is the ninth year that TCC’s Engineering Club has entered CANstruction. Farm Fresh has served as the club’s sponsor for the past eight years, contributing about 57,000 lbs. - or 28.5 tons - of canned food.




Laurie White
Media Relations

Tidewater Community College - the largest provider of higher education and Workforce Solutions services in Hampton Roads - enrolls over 38,000 students annually, the second largest undergraduate student body in Virginia. The 35th largest community college in the nation, TCC is among the 20 fastest-growing large two-year institutions in the United States. Founded in 1968 as a part of the Virginia Community College System, the college serves the South Hampton Roads region with campuses in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach as well as the TCC Jeanne and George Roper Performing Arts Center in the theater district in downtown Norfolk, the Visual Arts Center in Olde Towne Portsmouth and a regional Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach. Forty-six percent of the region’s residents attending a college or university in Virginia last fall were enrolled at TCC. For more information, visit