Organizations invited to build structures out of food for Food Bank of Delaware CANgineering competition

March 20, 2024

The deadline to register to participate in the Food Bank of Delaware’s food structure building competition, CANgineering, is Friday, April 26.

CANgineering supports the year-round hunger relief efforts of the Food Bank of Delaware. Last year, 21 teams competed and collected more than 33,000 pounds of food. With high costs due to inflation, more Delawareans are turning to the Food Bank of Delaware and its network of partners for assistance.

CANgineering was created in 2011 as a fun way to bolster food donations, while encouraging spirited competition amongst local organizations. Teams sign up, hold a food drive and use the items they have collected to create structures. Over the years, teams have built lighthouses, replicas of the Food Bank of Delaware facility, forklifts, trucks, trees, butterflies and more.

Competition timeline:

  • April 26: Deadline to register. Register your team by visiting
  • Any time after you register: Pick up food collection boxes at the Food Bank in Newark and Milford
  • Any time after you register: Start building your structure
  • June 14: Building deadline
  • June 17-21: On-site judging days
  • June 24-27: Online judging
  • July 2: Winners announced
  • June 18-June 27: Donation pick up or drop off

“I cannot wait to see what Delaware organizations come up with this year,” said Food Bank of Delaware President and CEO Cathy Kanefsky. “I am always blown away by the creativity. For us, this is a fun way to not only engage our community, but also collect food for our neighbors in need. Unfortunately, the demand for our services has not decreased. The high cost of living across the board has impacted so many in our community.”

For complete competition guidelines or to register, visit Questions regarding the competition may be directed to Food Bank of Delaware Community Development Manager Sue DeNardo at or (302) 292-1305 ext 250.

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