A representation from the movie Up was the overall winner in Bishop Carroll’s annual can sculpture contest. This year, sculptures were based on movies. The canned goods were then given to Catholic Charities Our Daily Bread Food Pantry. (Courtesy photo)

By Heather Welch
Bishop Carroll Catholic High School students collected over 24,500 cans of food for Catholic Charities’ Our Daily Bread Food Pantry during their annual canned food sculpture contest. The school has been hosting the drive since the mid 1990s.
This year’s theme was movies. The students spent eight to 10 hours to create eight different sculptures. Included were scenes from movies such as The Wizard of Oz, Minions, and Titanic.
Assistant Principal Alan Schuckman said years ago the school was looking for ways to engage students and to showcase their generosity. This year, they changed the name of the canned food drive to Feeding Families, because Bishop Carroll wanted the name to reflect the service it was doing rather than just the act of bringing in cans.
“We exist to serve God and others,”Schuckman said. “He has blessed each of our students with different gifts, reflecting multiple aspects of his divinity. When we foster and share those gifts with one another, it allows us to see God more fully in our school community.”
The overall winner of the contest was a representation from the movie Up. Winners were chosen from categories including creativity, craftsmanship, representation and design.
Matt Tannehill, director of Our Daily Bread Food Pantry said the drive will help stock the pantry for up to a year.
“Food drives like Bishop Carroll’s truly impact the community, not just when it comes together to tackle an issue like hunger but when people can see how their donation is used,” Tannehill said.
“This food turns into a meal for a mother who didn’t know if she was going to be able to feed her children.”