The annual event presented by American Institute of Architects (AIA) Florida Northwest benefits the hungry served by Manna Food Bank.
PensaCan 2022 was a success, raising the equivalent of 16,820 healthy meals for neighbors in need in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties through donations of food and funds to Manna. In total, the event has now provided more than 58,050 healthy meals to the hungry since its start in 2009!
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Florida Northwest again partnered with Manna for this year’s PensaCan: Demolish Hunger, Design Hope. PensaCan is a competition where architectural firms and community amateurs create impressive structures made entirely out of full cans of food. Following a week-long display of the structures at Cordova Mall, all food is donated to Manna for distribution to the hungry of Northwest Florida.
A panel of judges voted on the structures on September 30. PensaCan 2022 judges are:
- Pensacola Fire Department Chief Ginny Cranor
- WEAR ABC Channel 3 Anchor Laura Hussey
- Hanto + Clarke Supervisor Brandon D. R. Japenga
- City of Pensacola Public Information Officer Kaycee Lagarde
- NewsRadio 92.3 Host Andrew McKay
The public voted for the People’s Choice Award September 30 – October 7.
At an awards ceremony on October 11 held at Beyond the Grape at Cordova Mall, winners were announced in the following categories:
- Best Nutrition Award – Bullock Tice Associates (BTA), Today’s Word is “Manna”
- Best Graphics Award – Ascend Performance Materials, Crayola Crayon Box
- Structural Ingenuity Award – Dalrymple | Sallis Architecture, Chew Chew Train
- Best Video Award – STOA Architects, Slinky Dog
- Most Valuable Award – DAG Architects, Boombox
- Honorable Mention Award – Pensacola High School Engineering Club, Cansformer: Demolishing Hunger through STEM
- Jurors’ Favorite Award – Goodwyn Mills Cawood (GMC), Wishing to End Hunger
- People’s Choice Award – Dalrymple | Sallis Architecture, Chew Chew Train
For more information about Manna and other events, please visit www.mannahelps.org.
Manna’s mission is to offer emergency food assistance, service the food-related needs of vulnerable populations, and engage the entire community in the fight against hunger. A local grassroots organization with no national affiliation or government funding, Manna provided food to 31,014 people last year. Manna operates an emergency food assistance pantry and 17 specialty programs with 22 community partners in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.
About AIA Florida Northwest
AIA Florida Northwest strives to provide members with services, activities and knowledge delivery to assist in maintaining the high standard of the architectural profession while encouraging public awareness and appreciation for architecture. For more information about AIA Florida Northwest, please visit www.aianwfl.com.