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West Virginia is about to see a new set of architectural wonders -- or, depending on how hungry you are, art that's good enough to eat! Teams of professional architects, engineers and contractors will carefully balance canned goods to make colossal "food sculptures" in Charleston. They plan to use more than 700 cases of food that will then be donated to families who need help putting nutritious food on their tables at home.

The event, aptly named "Canstruction," gets underway this week. Amy Weintraub, director of Covenant House, says the balancing act represents more than just how cans can be stacked. It is an acknowledgment of the balancing act about 12 percent of West Virginia families deal with every day -- families that don't have enough food to meet their kids' basic nutritional needs.

"Over ten percent of children in West Virginia under age 12 are hungry, and more than 37 percent are at risk of hunger.
The architects were very careful to choose food sources that are actually needed, and that will be gratefully received by hungry families."

Weintraub says all the food used for the sculptures will be donated to the Covenant House Food Pantry. "Canstruction" is open to the public through Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center. Learn more about "Canstruction" events nationwide online, at www.canstruction.org.


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