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CANtastic event helps local food pantry stock shelves, raise money, awarenessSubmitted: 03/26/2015
RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander Area Food Pantry uses creative ways to get food donations. One of their fundraisers, CANtastic, just finished up for the year.

Nine teams used more than 4,300 cans to build replicas of historic buildings. Then, more than 700 people used cans to vote for their favorite structure.

The competition raised more than 5000 cans for the food pantry. This year was the first time the competition also raised some money.

"We had an anonymous donor that agreed to pledge $1 for every food item that was used in voting for the favorite structure," says the pantry's executive director, Guy Hansen. "We had 711 cans or boxes that were used in voting so that's an extra $711 for the food pantry."

The competition is important to the food pantry because it helps stock the shelves. It also helps bring awareness to the pantry.

"We're always happy when we can get more people involved, get more people to know about the food pantry," says Hansen. "We invite each team to tour the food pantry and sometimes they do."

The food pantry is already getting ready for next year's competition. The theme will be Drive Out Hunger.


Story By: Karolina Buczek

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