Grand Island, NE -
Thousands of pounds of donated food have been sculpted into art on display at the Hall County Fair in Grand Island this week. Businesses, churches, and other groups brought canned goods and stacked them into sculptures as part of Project Hunger’s booth at the fair. Project Hunger President Doug Winder says 15-20,000 lbs of food are crafted into cartoon characters, a windmill, and even a giant slice of pie this year. All the food will go to the local food pantry, and Winder says it will be a big boost during these slow summer months when donations drop off, but need does not. “Every year it’s increasing even though our economy is getting better, a lot of times it’s the lower-paying jobs you see more of, you don’t see the higher-paying jobs, and it’s just harder to make ends meet, and so people need help with food,” says Winder. Fair-goers can get a free food buck and drop it in a bowl to vote for their favorite of the ten creations. It’s the same bucks you can buy any time at GI grocery stores to donate to the food pantry. The sculptures will stay up through the end of the fair on Sunday.