Our new partners from Kastle Systems helped introduce Move For Hunger to their staff by holding an ArCANtecture Competition during their Sales Kickoff conference in Washington, D.C. on February 12.
Ten teams of Kastle employees had 30 minutes to build structures using cans of green beans, diced tomatoes, pinto beans, & boxes of cereal, which was all generously donated by Harris-Teeter. Each structure was judged based on creativity, the amount of food they used, and the stability of their design.
One team built a house boat that almost looked seaworthy. Another, in a clear attempt to win us over, built what appeared to be a moving truck. And, of course, one of the teams built a castle, complete with a drawbridge and moat!
The competition was a wonderful way to build rapport with our new allies. We learned that the Kastle crew is VERY creative, and we hope they learned a little bit more about how we're going to work together to reduce food waste and fight hunger this year.
And what did we do with all of that non-perishable food that was stacked up in the lobby of the Watergate Hotel? We donated it, of course! Our partners from Paxton Van Lines dropped off all of the food - 8 pallets worth - on Tuesday so that we could set up for the event, and then came back on Thursday to pack it all up. The crew delivered 12,102 lbs. of the food to the Capital Area Food Bank, and also dropped off 2,800 lbs. at the St. Lucy Food Project Warehouse. That will provide 12,400 meals for families in the Greater Washington, D.C. region.
More than 380,000 people in the Capital Area are food insecure, including 1 in 8 children. Thank you to Kastle Systems for joining our fight, and to Paxton Van Lines for their longtime support. We're building something amazing together!