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Information for Shoreline

Are you looking for ways to be creative this summer and help the community at the same time? Then be a part of the Shoreline Can Castle Contest!

We are facing unprecedented times of struggle in our community with people fighting to put food on the table. In an effort to help stock the shelves at Hopelink and ensure that our community has access to healthy foods, the City of Shoreline is hosting its first ever can castle competition, a creative way to collect much-needed food and have fun at the same time.

Participants are encouraged to register a team (see safety information below)  of friends, coworkers, neighbors and/or family to create a structure made of canned and boxed foods. Be sure to look at the list of highly recommended food donations. Following the contest, food available for donation will be scheduled for pick up or drop off. Donations will be given to Hopelink in Shoreline.

All structures must be completed and submitted by 5:00 p.m on August 16.

After all structures have been created, a team of judges will rate them and pictures will be posted on the City’s Instagram page for voting for a People’s Choice Award.

Hopelink Food List

Please limit your cans to these items. Glass containers are NOT being accepted by Hopelink.

  • Canned Fruit
  • Canned Meals (e.g. Chilli, Beef Stew, Spaghetti O’s)
  • Canned Meat (e.g. Tuna, Chicken, Salmon)
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Canned Soup
  • Canned Tomato Products
  • Peanut butter


  • Registration starts August 3
  • Sculptures may be created anytime between August 3 – 16
  • Photos must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 16
  • All participants must sign up for drop off/pick up, you may change the day and time as necessary
  • Do not use glass bottles as Hopelink will not accept them
  • If you would prefer to donate money, donate directly to Hopelink at:

Register your team

Registration will open on August 3.

Submit your entries

Take two photos of your entry - one of the completed can castle and one action shot of the building process. Make sure to maintain social distance for photos and keep your team safe!

Send the photos to Pam Barrett at by 5:00 p.m. on August 16.

Safety - Keep Your Team Healthy

As you plan for your Can Castle, plan for safety!

Gathering food:

Invite neighbors, coworkers, and others to donate food items to use. Have them deliver to a central site at different times. Consider having wipes available if possible to sanitize as you drop off/receive the cans.

Creating a team:

Unless your team is made up of members from the same household, be mindful of the need to maintain social distance. If you are building with neighbors or coworkers, create a schedule so you don’t have more than a few people working at once.  Even though you will be building outdoors, wear masks and maintain a safe distance (at least 6 feet) when working with builders outside your immediate household. Anyone feeling ill should not participate. 

Keeping safe while building:

Have hand sanitizer and wipes handy. After working their shift, all builders should wash hands thoroughly.

Preparing food for delivery:

After the structure is completed and photographed, carefully box cans for pickup. This should be done with appropriate social distancing. Wash hands thoroughly.

Delivering food:

When delivering food, be sure to wear a mask, use hand sanitizer before and after delivery, and wash hands thoroughly afterward.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do we get registered?

Check back to this page on August 3 for an online registration link.

Does our can creation have to look like a castle?

No! There are plenty of structures that can be built with cans and we’re hoping that you will be creative.

How will the collected items be used?

Hopelink, who serves homeless and low-income families, children, seniors and people with disabilities in King and Snohomish counties coordinates a food bank in Shoreline to support our community. Our goal is to fill their food bank as much as possible to support them.

How do we arrange for our cans to be picked up/donated?

Drop off times, dates, and locations coming soon. Do not take your donation directly to Hopelink! 

It is important that all food be contained in bins or boxes. And remember, do not deconstruct your creation until your photos have been taken!

Are there rules related to the types of food?

You are strongly encouraged to use food items recommended by Hopelink (see above). It is important that no glass jars be donated as they will not be accepted by Hopelink.

How do I submit my photos?

Send the photos to Pam Barrett at by 5:00 p.m. on August 16.  Please include one with the Can Castle alone, and one action shot of the building process. Make sure to maintain social distance for photos and keep your team safe!