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Artists building food sculptures inside mall

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WISCONSIN RAPIDS (WAOW) -

Six teams of artists are building sculptures using mostly cans or boxes of food.

The contest is aiming to draw attention to hunger in the community.

The South Wood County Hunger Coalition hosted its first-ever “United We Can" contest inside the

Wisconsin Rapids Mall.

Teams have only a 10 x 10 area to build their sculptures and have to finish within six hours.

"At first it was a little challenging because we didn't know what we were going to do," said Sarah Siegel, Contest Participant.

Nearly 100 cans of food got organized into one particular sculpture of a business logo.

Another team used dozens of boxes of cereal to build a fort.

"We thought you know this is a great idea because it's exciting, people can get involved and there's a little bit of competition and challenge with it," said Tari Jahns, Organizer.

What makes this event even more unique organizers add, is that at least 50% of these sculptures must be made from either food items or household goods.

"I think it's very cool and creative and it must have taken them a quite a bit of time and effort and it's just awesome to see the support that they have," said Alexandra Totten, Shopper.

The event aims to raise awareness that there are hungry people in central Wisconsin, and families who don't have enough food.

"There are people in our community and a significant number that are facing food insecurity almost on a daily basis," added Jahns.

According to officials with the United Way, one and six Americans do not have access to enough food each day, and 37% of the people in Wisconsin who go hungry are under the age of 18.

"We just really encourage people to learn about hunger in the community and to embrace that and do what you can to help," said Jahns.

The food sculptures remain on display at the mall through Sunday.

Organizers say one Monday the cans and boxes will get moved into six local food programs to feed the hungry.

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