Our Mission:

To feed and inspire Atlanta – one can at a time.

Canstruction® is a unique charity which hosts competitions, exhibitions and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely out of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the creations go on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. At the end of the event, all food is donated to local hunger relief organizations.

Recognized for our commitment to innovation, hunger relief  and collaboration, our work has helped raise over 25 million pounds of food since 1992.  Canstruction® events are held annually in over 150 cities around the world including North America, Australia, South America, Europe and Asia.



Canstruction History

Canstruction® was founded in 1992 by the late Cheri Melillo and her colleagues from the Society for Design Administration (SDA). Cheri was first inspired by the notion of Canstruction® through trial competitions held in Denver, CO and Seattle, WA. Cheri created a Canstruction® chapter in New York and held the first official Canstruction® Competition in New York, NY on November 13, 1993.


Cheri’s vision was to unite the design, engineering and construction industry through a unique and fun medium that would provide canned food to hunger relief organizations. Cheri led Canstruction® for 17 years as volunteer President and Executive Director before her passing in December 2009. Nicholas Telesca is the active President and Executive Director of the national headquarters in Atlanta, GA.


Since its inception, Canstruction® has grown to become one of the largest and most consistent canned food contributors to food banks in the world. Canstruction® events have been held in over 150 cities worldwide donating over 25 million pounds of food to feed the hungry.