Third annual Creative Food Drive is Saturday

Oct. 15, 2013 @ 03:37 PM

Teams from local businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations will be making on-site sculptures using canned and boxed foods at the third annual Creative Food Drive. The improvised sculptures then will be donated to nonprofit organizations Housing for New Hope and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Some 24 teams will get 90 minutes to build the food sculptures. Sculptures will receive awards, and visitors can vote for a People’s Choice Award.
MHAworks Architecture, a Durham architecture firm, created the annual food drive. The event has raised more than 20,000 pounds of food in the last two years. Last year, 17 teams raised more than 12,000 pounds of food, said Bethany Houston, marketing coordinator for MHAworks. This year, event organizers are hoping to raise as much as 15,000 pounds, she said.
Riverside High School, the Sustain A Bull organization, MarkaBull and Durham Spirits Co. are among the businesses and groups that have organized teams for this year’s event. Each team purchases or raises canned goods and non-perishable food, brings them to the event, and creates their works of food art. Visitors to the competition also are invited to bring canned goods to donate to the drive.
The event is a competition, but the goal is fun, and helping the needy. “It’s about the spirit of getting out there and donating the food and having fun the day of the event,” Houston said.
Housing for New Hope provides transitional housing, housing assistance and other services for the homeless. The Food Bank operates a mobile food pantry, a weekend power pack for children at risk of hunger on the weekends, and other programs that distribute food to the needy.

WANT TO GO?

WHAT: Third annual Creative Food Drive
WHEN: Saturday, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
WHERE: American Tobacco
ADMISSION: Free. Spectators are encouraged to bring several cans of food.