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Food Pantry Sculpture Contest

Event Details:

Event Type: Announcement
Location: St Mary Cathloic Church, 1002 Broad St, Grinnell, IA 50112
Time: Friday, November 22, 2019 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Categories: Entertainment

Event Description:

St. Mary Catholic Church is hosting a food pantry sculpture contest during Jingle Bell Holiday (November 22nd) to benefit MICA food pantry here in Grinnell. Team compete to build the best sculpture made from non-perishable items and money generated during the event will go to MICA to support the Grinnell Community. Two awards are possible: 1. a judge from MICA chooses one winner and 2. Visitors vote with change to select the Popular Vote winner. This event is open to the public and people are enccouraged to register as a team or stop by and visit during JBH. St Mary is accepting 9 teams for this event (recommended 4-8 people per team) to sign up, please visit:

Timeline on November 22nd: 
5pm: Teams begin building their sculptures
7pm: Judges begin reviewing the sculptures
7:30pm: Judges begin announcing winners
8pm: Teams package up their sculptures

Teams bring their own non-perishable materials for the sculpture. These items are donated to MICA at the end of the event. At the end, teams package up the non-perishable items for delivery to MICA.

Sculptures must be free standing and fit within a 7x7 foot floor space. The sculpture may not lean agains walls. The materials may consist of unopened and unused items on the "Allowable Materials List" (below). Teams may NOT use glass containers, tape, glue, string, or wood in the construction.

Allowable Materials List

Food Items: Beans, dry or canned, boxed food ( e.g., potatoes, cereal), baby food, canned fruit, vegetables, tuna, or meat, ground coffee, flour, granola bars, jelly, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, pancake mix, pasta, peanut butter, ramen, rice soup, sugar, syrup

Non-Food Items: baby wipes, body wash/soap, deodorant, diapers, dish soap, floss, infant formula, laundry detergent, lotion, mouthwash, paper towels, shaving cream, shampoo & conditioner, tampons/pads, tissues, toilet paper, toothbrushes, toothpaste


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