The annual Canstruction sculptures are on display at the World Financial Center. As the Canstruction website explains, "Teams of architects, engineers, and students mentored by these professionals, compete to design and build giant structures made entirely from full cans of food...At the close of the exhibitions all of the canned food used in the structures is donated to local food banks for distribution to emergency feeding programs that include pantries, soup kitchens, elderly and day care centers."
And visitors to Canstruction are urged to bring canned foods, which will be donated to City Harvest. We can't recommend that enough--food pantries are in desperate need of food, what with budget cuts and more demand during these tough economic times. The NY Coalition Against Hunger tells NY1, "Last year it was truly hard. We said 59 percent of the agencies in New York City didn't have enough food to meet the growing demand; this year, it's 69 percent." You can look up the Food Bank for NYC's donation locations here; City Harvest accepts larger donations of food (at least over 20 pounds). If you have any other ideas for food donations, please leave them in comments.