Canstruction yields 19 tons of food

Hosted by Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM), 17 teams from businesses, churches, schools, and organizations around Dane County participated in the 8th annual Canstruction Madison event April 23–29 at West Towne Mall. Teams built giant structures made of canned goods and packaged food, and competed for awards. This year’s theme was “Rock Can Roll.” In total, the structures included an estimated 19 tons of food in nearly 50,000 cans or packages, making this MOM’s largest food drive of the year. Included in that can count were 15,000 cans of tuna, an important protein source for those using the food pantry. Immediately following the event, volunteers started taking down the structures for “De-Canstruction” and loading the food into boxes to be taken back to the MOM Food Pantry, which is one of the largest food pantries in the area, serving West Madison, Middleton, and Cross Plains. Photos courtesy Amandalynn Jones Photography. For information on getting your event featured in the IB Gallery, email