Southgate Mall Partners with Missoula Food Bank for 2023 “CANdemonium” Competition

A hippo constructed out of donated food on display at Southgate Mall

On April 7, Southgate Mall hosted Missoula Food Bank’s “CANdemonium” competition in which local companies sponsor and build structures made of canned food as part of an annual fundraiser. This year’s theme focused on animal structures — or “canimals” — made entirely of food donated from participating teams.

Over the past decade, CANdemonium events at Southgate Mall have collected 200,000 pounds of food worth more than $250,000 in value. This year alone, participants collected and donated nearly 20,000 pounds to the food bank.

People’s Choice Award winner Can-Fu Panda
Structural Ingenuity Award winner Orca

This friendly competition wouldn’t be complete without awards to honor the nine participating teams comprised of architecture, design and engineering firms. Two of the winning structures are pictured above, including People’s Choice Award winner Can-Fu Panda and Structural Ingenuity Award winner Orca.

Southgate Mall is a longstanding supporter of CANdemonium, providing space and storage, equipment, mall signage and social media promotion leading up to the event. Colleagues at Southgate Mall also support all stages of the event from set up to tear down.

We’re continually proud of our properties for giving back to their communities in meaningful ways. To learn more about the annual event, watch NBC Montana’s news coverage.

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