King’s College brings awareness to homeless and hunger through CANstruction project

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WILKES-BARRE, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — An engineering class with King’s College has created a work of art to raise awareness for hunger and homelessness.

King’s College holds several events during their annual “Hunger for Justice Week” campaign. A group of engineering students participated in a project.

The Caring Cases and CANstruction project uses cans of food to build an art exhibit.

“The slogan to go along with the project is walking in solidarity for those who hunger for justice. We decided with the shoes design with the high-impact design it would draw a lot of attention from a lot of people. We fell in love with the slogan so we decided to go with that,” said Joseph Giannell who is an engineering student at King’s College.

Hunger and homelessness is a growing issue across the country, especially amidst the pandemic.

“The idea behind it was not that we were going to solve hunger and homelessness with the project, but it was to create a structure that would help facilitate important conversations that we need to be having about these issues,” said Dr. Tabitha Sprau Coulter who is an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at King’s College.

The exhibit will be at King’s College until December 10th, at which point the cans go to another worthy cause.

“This is going to be broken down and everything will be donated to the new roots recovery center. There they’ll be distributed to those who need them,” said King’s College student Kenny Macko.

The New Roots center provides help in a variety of ways, not just food.

“New Roots is a recovery center that helps people that suffer from food insecurity. If you look at the shoes around the installation you’ll see they also help people with housing and food stamps and however they can help people in need,” said King’s College student Jake Andzulis.

Helping others in their time of need can be simple for all.

They always accept donations, and even if you don’t have money or cans to donate, you can volunteer.

The installation is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in the Widmann Art Gallery of the Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center.

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