By Raylyn Bowers
Amarillo College is hosting its first-ever Tasty Towers competition. Tasty Towers is a contest in which five groups of students will build structures out of packaged, nonperishable food. The structures will be displayed, judged and dismantled, then donated to the AC Food Pantry.
Karen Logan, an administrative clerk and organizer of the AC Tasty Towers competition, discovered the idea when she ran across a national competition and thought it would be a fun event for students.
“We have two main goals for this event,” Logan said. “We want to help raise awareness of the poverty level in Amarillo while also collecting food for the pantry.”
Construction of the structures will take place Wednesday. Students will have from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to build a creative structure. The structures will be on display for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and judging will take place at 10 a.m. that day.
Five awards will be given in these categories: best overall, most creative use of protein, most creative use of original label, structural integrity and best use of most-needed items.
“The Tasty Towers competition is a fun way for students to get involved in our pantry, and hopefully it will attract some outside interest,” said Lynae Jacob, chairwoman of the communication and theater program. “I’m excited to see what students come up with. Students are always creative and make things fun.”
Cost of admission will be $2 or a can of food. Proceeds will go to the AC Food Pantry and will be distributed equally among the Washington Street, East and West campuses.
“I support this cause, and I encourage students to get involved,” said Student Life Director Heather Atchley.
Sponsors of the event are Michael Miller, a certified financial planner, Dr. Paige Latham, Kemp Lindsey Pediatric Dentistry and the Cardiology Center of Amarillo.
To help ensure that students get the food they need, the AC Food Pantry, founded in February 2012, supplies a grocery bag full of nonperishable items to any currently enrolled AC student up to two times a month.
“We don’t want hunger to get in the way of your educational goals,” Logan said.
Anyone who wants more information on the pantry may click here.