Community Foundation calling on St. Lawrence County students to help with canned food drive
The LEAD Council of the Northern New York Community Foundation invites local students at tri-county schools and organized student groups in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties to participate in a creative and impactful project to help reduce food insecurity across the North Country.
“Canstruction for Northern New York” is a group activity to encourage students to team up and construct a fun, themed structure made of donated canned food and other nonperishable food items or hygiene products to support a local food pantry or backpack program of their choice.Joining the competition is easy through an online registration at HYPERLINK "http://bit.ly/CanstructionRegistration" bit.ly/CanstructionRegistration. Teams must register to participate by Monday, March 27, and select the local food pantry or backpack program that will receive team donations.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing what our local students will do to participate in this endeavor and help meet the needs of local food pantries and backpack programs,” said Kerry Kennett, LEAD Council member and South Jefferson Central School math teacher.
Participating students will have a chance to support essential needs for local residents while learning values of community philanthropy and building school spirit around a project that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of others. Overall, the project aims to raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity in our communities. The initiative will empower students to collaborate and inspire their school and community to join in the effort.
Examples of canstruction projects may be found on the project web page at HYPERLINK "http://bit.ly/CanstructionNNY" bit.ly/CanstructionNNY. Canstruction teams will compete for one of three chances to present a $500 grant to a nonprofit they care about most. A winning team will be named in the following three categories: “Top Collection Award” (most items donated/collected), “Best Design Award,” and “People’s Choice Award” (selected by an online vote).
Each winning team will award a $500 grant to their chosen federally classified 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving residents of Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. Contact Max DelSignore, Community Foundation assistant director, at [email protected] for additional guidelines on nonprofit selection.
All canstruction projects must be submitted by Friday, April 21. Complete project rules, including a sample planning calendar with key project deadlines, is available on the project web page at HYPERLINK "http://bit.ly/CanstructionNNY" bit.ly/CanstructionNNY. The Community Foundation will provide a follow-up form to each registrant explaining the process for project submissions.