The members of the Japanese Anime Club had a lot of laughs building a town out of cans and boxes, but the issue the construction meant to highlight was very serious -- hunger.
As the club's community service project, members collected nonperishable food items to donate to a local food pantry, but, before shipping the items off, club members used their creative talents and sense of humor to construct Can Town last week in the lobby of the Fine and Performing Arts building to raise awareness of hunger in the community.
There was jail made from a jar of Ragu spaghetti sauce and a post office constructed from cans of sweet peas. There was also a large town hall, a hospital, a power plant and even a soup kitchen, made, from all things, out of Campbell's soup cans. A sign at the main intersection welcomed visitors to Can Town, "Population 413."
After a brief pause, Can Town was summarily dismantled and four large boxes of food delivered to Kate's Kitchen & Pantry in Holyoke.
Photos: (Left) Japanese Anime Club President Matthew Crandall puts the finishing touches on Can Town town hall. (Right) A sign welcomes people to Can Town.