CAN-gineering to take place at Seaford Library, benefit Food Bank of Delaware

By Lynn R. Parks

In a few weeks, the lobby at the Seaford District Library will be the site of a sculpture - maybe even two or three - made out of cans of food.
The structure will be built for the CANgineering competition being sponsored by the Food Bank of Delaware. More than 30 organizations throughout the state are collecting food which they will use to create three-dimensional art and then donate to the Food Bank.
In Seaford, the food drive is being organized by a community grassroots group, Seaford CAN. Founder is Trish Bachman, who lives in Lewes and is a native of Seaford. She is also a supporter of the ACE Peer Resource Center in Seaford, which serves a variety of people, including drug addicts, those who have recently been released from prison, the homeless and veterans.

Volunteers with the ACE (Acceptance, Change, Empowerment) Center are helping with the food drive.
Also helping out are members of the Shine-A-Light 4H group. Heaven Bibb, 17 and a member of the 4H club, came up with a design for the sculpture, which will be constructed in the shape of a heart. Organizers hope that a lot of the cans that they receive have red labels on them.
Heaven said that she chose a heart shape for the sculpture to express love. 'We want to love homeless people, and people at the ACE Center,' she said. The size of the sculpture will depend on the number of cans of food that are donated.

Construction will be completed in the second or third week of April. Judging will take place April 23. In addition to best in show, the Food Bank will award prizes for best use of labels, best meal (to encourage using a variety of food), largest food drive donation, most creative, and best use of the Food Bank's most-needed canned foods. Those foods are: peanut butter, corn, soups, meats including tuna fish, chicken, salmon and Vienna sausages, fruits, green beans, peas and pasta dinners.
The Seaford CAN food drive will go through April 4. Drop-off sites are: the ACE Center, 547 N. Bradford St., Coldwell Banker Resort Realty, 22350 Sussex Highway, Davelli's, 201 W. Stein Highway, Encounter Praize and Worship Center, 9437 Ginger Lane, Food Lion, Friendly's, IHOP, Lighthouse Church, 27225 Kaye Road, OneMain Financial, 22974 Sussex Highway, the library, Stein Highway Church of God and Trinity Logistics, 50 Fallon Ave.
Heaven, who is home schooled, said that she is looking forward to helping to build the heart-shaped sculpture. 'I like helping people and this is a good project to do that,' she said.

For your information
The progress of Seaford CAN can be tracked on the project's Facebook page.

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