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Annual Can-Structure Contest (Youth Volunteer Corps of Hampton Roads)

11th Annual Canstructure Contest Flyer 2022

What combines creativity, design, and giving back? The annual Can-Structure competition held each year on the Virginia Peninsula! Youth from all over Hampton Roads are invited to get involved and form (or join) a team.

What is a CANstructure? A canstructure is a unique work of art that is created by collecting hundreds—sometimes thousands!—of canned food items, which are then use to design and build a 3-dimensional structure that relates to this year’s theme: Wonders of the World!  


  • Team’s location of choice

When: The deadline will be Saturday, April 30, 2022

To Benefit: All donations for this event will ultimately go to the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank

Contact: Questions? Want to get involved? Email Katie Morgan at kmorgan@yvchr.org or call (757) 223-7078

Description: Youth Volunteer Corps of Hampton Roads has supported the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank for the past 10 years by hosting a STEM competition for students that doubles as a large-scale service project. This design-and-build event allows youth in grades K-12 to test their creativity and problem-solving skills by collecting canned goods and then building a 3-dimensional themed structure from those food donations. Teams are challenged to raise awareness of food insecurity issues in our community, utilize real-world engineering and math skills, and demonstrate teamwork in a timed competition. Typically held at Patrick Henry Mall in April, the annual Canstructure Competition generates hundreds of participants and spectators with special guests from various industries and business sectors. Most importantly, it helps stock the shelves of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank with TENS of THOUSANDS of pounds of food!

More Information on Youth Volunteer Corps of Hampton Roads and this specific event can be found on this link: www.yvchr.org

11th Annual Canstructure Contest Flyer 2022