When you visit Conestoga Mall this week, you'll notice 15 uniquely built structures on display, all made out of cans and food packages.
That's because the Food Bank of Waterloo Region is hosting their 10th annual Canstruction competition.
Every March, Canstruction helps provide a boost of needed food donations for the food bank. This year, 15 teams that include the City of Kitchener, the University of Waterloo and Muslim Association of Canada used over 25,000 cans and food packages to build their structures.
"The creativity is always just amazing to me and how the teams are able to use labels and use different ways to support their structures," said Wendi Campbell, executive director of the Food Bank of Waterloo Region.
"It seems effortless when you look at it, but definitely a lot of hours of work and thought and tons of support for the food bank."
She adds that after this week, the food will be put into their inventory, which will go towards the support of agencies and programs who will deliver food services over the coming weeks.
The food bank is also able to raise funds during this event. The community is able to vote for their favourite by putting money donations in the slot of their favourite structure.
On Saturday the judges awarded the Muslim Association of Canada with the Judges' Favourite award. Best Use of Labels went to Dillon Consulting Inc. The Structural Ingenuity award went to NCR. Stubbe's Precast won the Best Meal award and an honourable mention went to Stantec Consulting.
"It's a great opportunity for the community to have a conversation about hunger in our community while looking at some amazing works of art, which have been the effort of 15 teams to have fund raised and food raised to create these amazing structures," Campbell said.
The community will have a chance to see the structures and donate towards their favourite until March 19.