PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Summer is usually a slow season at St. Mary's Food Bank, so to increase donations, the food bank is getting the community involved with a little team work and a lot of cans!
Getting creative with giving back, Valley businesses are showcasing thousands of non-perishable donations as an art form.
"Last year, we actually did Mario Brothers, where we actually built Mario and he was 10-feet tall, so our 90s childhood is always kind of been fun to showcase, so Ninja Turtles was appropriate because we have some small children that are also big fans," said Lindsey Schultz of Meyer Construction. "So, building that to be larger than life for them is really fun."
Using teamwork, the seven participating groups are paying it forward to St. Mary's Food Bank in unique and artistic fashion.
"So this is a time of year where we really need the food and so it's really great with Canstruction," said Steve Still of Canstruction. "We'll get over 41,000 cans of food that we'll be able to distribute to those in need in our community. In the construction industry we do see families, homes and build things that people enjoy, but this is a much more direct way to give back to the community. This is a way to connect with our team, but also a way to give back to St.Mary's at the same time."
The best part of Canstruction? All of this food is donated to hundreds of Arizona families.