United Way of Mid-Maine holds canstruction contest in honor of Governor Mill's day of service

WATERVILLE, Maine. (WABI)- "We had a call to service."

Governor Janet Mill's decided that Saturday, January 5th would be a statewide service day.

That is why United Way of Mid-Maine partnered with local businesses and organizations to put on a canstruction contest.

"Idea of addressing the issue of food insecurity here in mid-Maine by having a massive food drive and lets make it fun."

Kennebec Valley Federal Credit Union, Waterville Creates, Colby College, MaineGeneral Health, Waterville Sunrise Rotary Club, and United Way of Mid-Maine gathered non-perishable food items and created a food sculpture to be judged on.

"We're super excited because we love making stuff and we have a few new employees in our company and they joined us and so it is actually a really cool team building exercise."

All of the items collected will go to local food pantries.

The teams had three hours to complete their sculpture.

"As a Maine credit union our mission is Maine people helping people and we actually raise money all year to end hunger and our new branch is opening right down the road so we thought this was a perfect way to incorporate our mission of ending hunger and raise awareness of our new branch."

Once the sculptures were done members of the community could view the sculptures in downtown Waterville and vote for their favorite while donating a can of food of their own.

"As you can see we are costumed out as Alice and Wonderland theme. We are creating a can sculpture called painting the roses red that is based on a scene from Alice and Wonderland. We are obviously going to donate a lot of food for some food pantries in the area so it's totally win, win."

Over two-thousand pounds of food was collected.

"It's actually going to be an American flag once it is finished and so the red and white will eventually make the stripes and then we have blue and white for the stars."

There were multiple service projects going on all around the state today.