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 Join us on Saturday, April 9, 2022, as teams construct sculptures made from nonperishable canned or boxed foods and can include other basic need items. Team's construction time to be determined.

Food and basic needs items from the sculptures will go towards helping people in our Pitt County communities. Items will be distributed to local food pantries and food banks.

 In 2020, over 36,000 people in our county were food insecure with over 8,000 of them children.

Start a TEAM from your place of work, organization, or place of worship! 

This is a great team-building activity that connects employees, parishioners, and others on a project that will benefit our local community.

Stat by hosting a design competition. This can be done virtually with designs submitted and displayed electronically.

Then arrange a collection location and encourage employees to donate items needed for the sculpture, or ask that food items be sponsored by the company.


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Sculptures will be displayed during


Saturday, April 9

Sculpture set-up 9:00 a.m.

Judging begins 12:00 p.m.

Displayed until 2:00 p.m.

Awards will be presented by 2:00 p.m.


Sculpture items will be donated to:

food Bank of Central and Eastern NC


  • Build any kind of structure - from the simple to the elaborate!
  • Teams may use props, including signage, and supporting materials when building, but structures must be comprised of at least 50% food items and/or basic needs items. A platform is suggested.
  • The sculpture must fit within a 10' x 10' space.
  • Collected items cannot be painted, taped, or otherwise altered in any way that makes them unsuitable for donation.   
  • The structure will be set up on Saturday, April 9 starting at 9:00 a.m. ready for judging by 12:00 p.m. It is not necessary for your team to be there the entire time. Team members MUST return by 2:00 p.m. to help dismantle the display and remove supporting materials used in your construction. The Food Bank will supply a truck and bins that items will be placed in and transported to the warehouse.
  • Best practices tip! Track and share the following:
    • # of volunteers
    • # of materials used, e.g. cinder blocks, plywood, tape, etc.
    • # of items collected, e.g. 2,000 cans of tuna, 16 jars of peanut butter
    • Other fun facts about the display

Download this flyer from the Food Bank to see what food items are needed most. All food sculpture items will go to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC for distribution. 

 PCC Housing Authority  WITN United Bank


  1. Register today!
  2. Gather your most creative team and design your entry.
  3. Let your employees know what food items and quantities you will need and do a "trial run."
  4. Have a blast constructing your sculpture!


united we can awardsMost Nutritious: Local nutritionists will judge sculptures as the most nutritious, based on sodium and sugar counts, organic products, etc.

Small + Mighty Award: Judges will select the best sculpture CANstructed by a small business. (employee size up to 99).

Best in Show: Judges will select the best in show based on the most creative and most food collected.

Most on Brand: Judges will select the most on-brand award based on how well a sculpture matches with each company's branding, products, or services.

Community Choice Award: Spectators will cast their ballots between 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

NOTE: Organizations are eligible for only one award (with the exception of the Community Choice Award).


For more information on how you can get involved, contact Sue Tidd.

Here are more examples of "CAN"tastic designs from United We Can events around the country.

truck  moose  money  forklift

bank  ham and eggs  snoopy

UWGP  hunger  flag