Houston food-sculpting contest to help fight hunger
If you've ever been told not to play with your food, this is your opportunity to get away with it scot-free.
Northwest Assistance Ministries is hosting the 13th annual "Art for the Hungry" sculpture-building program from Feb. 27 to March 13 at Willowbrook Mall, Texas 249 at FM 1960 West.
The competition challenges participants to build a sculpture out of at least 1,000 nonperishable food items, which are donated to NAM's food pantry after the competition.
All food sculptures must reflect this year's "Out of this World" theme
At the end of the two-week display period, "people's choice" and "judges' choice" honors will be awarded.
During the exhibition, shoppers can vote for their favorite sculpture for 25 cents. The people's choice winner is determined according to votes cast at each sculpture.
A panel of judges gives the judges' choice award based on creativity and the quality of construction.
NAM is a nonprofit, community-based social service agency that has served north and Northwest Harris County since 1983.
The Art for the Hungry project kicks off NAM's drive to help feed hungry families from the Cy-Fair and Klein school districts during the summer.
Last year, the program helped feed more than 5,000 area families.
Any group may participate in the contest, including businesses, congregations, civic organizations or schools. Groups also may conduct a food drive.
For an entry form, visit www.shopwillowbrookmall.com/events, call 281-885-4608 or visit www.namonline.org.
In the 2009-10 fiscal year, NAM served more than 190,000 people, said Carole Little, NAM CEO and president. This represents a 33 percent increase compared with the prior year.
"The greatest need has been for food and temporary financial assistance," she said in the December 2010 newsletter.
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