Minnesota Zoo Celebrates Year of the Farm with Memorable Canned Food Display

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Featuring 33-thousand cans of SPAM® classic and Hormel® chili, the new Family Farm CANstructure at the Wells Fargo Family Farm is On Display Through October 31, 2010.

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“The Family Farm CANstructure project is a fun way to showcase the importance of agriculture in Minnesota, which is a multi-billion dollar industry,” said Minnesota Zoo Director/CEO Lee Ehmke.

The Minnesota Zoo is proud to debut the Family Farm CANstructure. It features 18,000 cans of SPAM® classic and 15,000 cans of Hormel® chili in a display celebrating the Zoo’s 10-year anniversary of the Wells Fargo Family Farm.

The Family Farm CANstructure will be on display through October 31, and is made possible by Hormel Foods, Cuningham Group, and U of M chapter of American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), who volunteered their time to construct the display.

“The Family Farm CANstructure project is a fun way to showcase the importance of agriculture in Minnesota, which is a multi-billion dollar industry,” said Minnesota Zoo Director/CEO Lee Ehmke. “We are proud to have great partners supporting the Wells Fargo Family Farm.”

The 33,000 cans of food are the largest contributions made by Hormel Foods to this type of project. At the conclusion of the display, the cans of SPAM® classic and Hormel® chili will be donated to Second Harvest Heartland, a member of Feeding America and the Upper Midwest’s largest hunger-relief organization.

The Minnesota Zoo is located in Apple Valley, just minutes south of Mall of America. For more information, call 952.431.9500 or visit mnzoo.org. The Minnesota Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and an institutional member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).

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