What sounds like a more attractive idea to you -- just asking for a cash donation to help feed a family in need, or putting on a contest that actually benefits a family in need? Because United Way of Mid-Maine went with the latter with their United We CAN contest, and it was a massive success.

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Over the last few days, the United Way challenged Maine families to create edible sculptures with the purpose of providing meals for Mainers that are suffering from food insecurities. Basically, Mainers bonding with their own families while making these sculptures, turned around to help feed other Maine families in need.

Sculptures needed to be created by last Wednesday, April 21, and will be on display through tomorrow at 3p, which is when voting on the United Way of Mid-Maine website will end. Regardless of voting still ongoing right now, though, the numbers are in and the United We CAN contest generated over 2,500 pounds of food!

Children's Center Early Intervention & Family Support collected 72 pounds of food toward their sculpture below:

Connected Credit Union in Augusta and Winslow collected a combined total of 378 pounds of food toward their respective sculptures below:

GHM Insurance Agency brought in 292 pounds of food for their sculpture:

Kennebec Valley Community Action Program collected 876 pounds of food for their massive structure (not just a sculpture but this thing is a legit structure):

And Kennebec Valley Federal Credit Union almost brought in 1,000 pounds of food, using their 952 pounds collected for their creation:

All in all, a total of 2,570 pounds of food was collected and will be distributed to area food pantries in Maine -- it's all staying local! Congratulations to all the competitors for raising so much food and their creations, and to the eventual winner! Remember, voting ends tomorrow at 3p!

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