Shoppers at Conestoga Mall in Waterloo were treated to a flurry of construction this weekend as teams of local architects and engineers created large objects out of canned goods and non-perishable food items.

The event, called "Canstruction," was organized by the The Food Bank of Waterloo Region. In all, 27,000 donated food items were stacked and arranged into a variety of structures in the mall, including a mini soccer stadium, a flock of big ducks, a green tractor and a snow plow. 

"We have a number of teams who were up until wee hours of the mourning building these absolutely amazing structures that are providing really important food resources back into the inventory of the food bank but also helping to create an awareness in the community about the root causes of hunger," said food bank executive director Wendi Campbell.

The food bank is encouraging people to make a food or financial donation at their favourite structure at Conestoga Mall until March 16. The structure with the most donations wins the People's Choice award.