TAMU – Corpus Christi hosts ‘can’struction competition, items will be donated to feed struggling students

Posted at 5:24 PM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-07 10:50:58-05


It’s a building competition where students are only allowed to use canned goods and non-perishables.

“The islander spirit, the most cans, or the most creative meal,” said Brandon Mandigo, activities coordinator.

The real idea behind it is to raise awareness.

“One in six of our college students here at TAMU- Corpus Christi, and in the nation, are food insecure and that means that they don’t know where their next meal is going to come from,” said Mandigo.

This is the first year the university hosts a competition of this sort and it’s already attracted nine teams competing to end hunger on their campus.

Mandigo says aside from a $100 pizza party for the winners, all of the food items will be donated to the university’s food pantry.

“That’s Izzy’s food pantry,” said Mandigo.

The pantry helps feed students who may be struggling to buy food.

“We’re serving over 100 students every single week here,” said Mandigo.

The competition is part of the universities homecoming events schedule, but they take donations for Izzy’s pantry all year.