5th Annual ‘Can You Build It’ Contest Brings in Over 3,000 Cans

5th Annual ‘Can You Build It’ Contest Brings in Over 3,000 Cans

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by: Frank Garza

The 5th Annual “Can You Build It?” Food Drive Service Project  received over 3,000 cans. The contest’s goal was to collect non-perishable items in an effort to curb hunger and bring the TAMUK organizations together for a community service project.

The cans raised from the event will be given to the 24th Annual KIII-TV Share Your Christmas Food Drive, helping out the Corpus Christi Food Bank. It will take place on Friday, December 2nd.

“PEP Talk’s goal was to increase the donation numbers in comparison to last year. In fact, in 2010, the event collected over 2,500 cans and this year we have collected over 3,000 cans,” said Sara Munoz, Co-Coordinator of the event.

The winners of the contest were the Pre-Optometry Professional Society’s “Sailing Away from Hunger…” in 1st place, the Air & Waste Management Association with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers’ “Recycle and Reduce Your Waste to Minimize the Amount of Landfill Space” in  2nd place, and the Architectural Engineering Institute’s “Dear Santa” in 3rd place.

“During the 2011 Student Leadership Conference for TAMUK in September, we had the Can You Build It Food Drive Service announced. And since PEP Talk has a variety of students from different backgrounds, we had our members promote this event to other organizations,” said Munoz.

The Corpus Christi Food Bank services 11 counties within the area, including this one, said Munoz.