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Manna Helps the Hungry with PensaCan 2023 Campaign

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Pensacola, FL (September 20, 2023) – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Florida Northwest is partnering with Manna again 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 then donated to Manna for distribution to the hungry of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Each participant’s food structure will be displayed at Cordova Mall in the common area between Dillard’s and the center court from Friday, September 22 through Friday, September 29.

Through donations of food and financial gifts, PensaCan events have provided more than 58,050 healthy meals for those in need.

About the Event

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 then donated to Manna for distribution to the hungry of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

Through donations of food and financial gifts, PensaCan events have provided more than 58,050 healthy meals for individuals and families in need in Northwest Florida.

The campaign begins today at Cordova Mall. To kick off PensaCan 2023, Manna will host a panel of judges who will vote on structures in categories such as Best Nutrition Award, Best Use of Graphics Award, Structural Ingenuity Award, Juror’s Favorite Award, Honorable Mention, and Best Video Production.  

Today’s judges include Madrina Ciano, BLAB TV Host of Rolling with Madrina; Donald A. Hanto, Hanto + Clarke President; Laura Hussey, WEAR ABC Channel 3 Anchor; Brent Lane, Cat Country 98.7 On Air Personality; and Stephen McCrory, IHMC Robotics Engineer. Manna and American Institute of Architects (AIA) Florida Northwest representatives will also be available for interviews.

Where can we find the structures?  

Cordova Mall is located at 5100 North Ninth Avenue, Pensacola. Structures are located in the common area between Dillard’s and center court.

How can I participate? 

The public may vote for the People’s Choice Award September 22 – 29 at www.mannahelps.org/vote.

Participating teams include Ascend Performance Materials, Bullock Tice Associates, DAG Architects, Dalrymple | Sallis Architecture, Goodwyn Mills Cawood, Landrum HR, Nemours Children’s Health, Pensacola High School Engineering Club, and STOA Architects.

Check out the sculptures at the mall and submit your votes starting this weekend!