'CAN'structed sculptures shed light on summer hunger issues

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Seven giant sculptures were erected overnight at The Gardens Mall with a unique purpose: to shine light on hunger concerns for families over the summer.

It’s being called “can”struction because the sculptures were built entirely of non-perishable food. 

The theme of “From Sea to Shining Sea” was inspiration for local businesses and students who created the temporary art pieces. 

When the sculptures are disassembled at 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 22 the food will be loaded onto trucks and donated to the Palm Beach County Food Bank.

Perry Borman, Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Food Bank, says summer is a particularly difficult time for struggling families. 

Many children no longer receive free lunches at school which increases the need for extra assistance for families in need. 

More than 57% of children in the county qualify for free or reduced-priced lunches in public schools.

In Palm Beach County alone, 184,000 residents currently receive supplemental nutrition assistance benefits, the food bank reports. 

More than 15% of Palm Beach County residents don’t know where they will get their next meal.  The food bank distributes food to more than 100 soup kitchens, homeless shelters and food pantries.

On June 12 from 6 to 8 p.m., a cocktail party will benefit the food bank.  Tickets are $45, details can be found at www.pbcfoodbank.org .  You can also learn more by calling 561-670-2518.

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