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Cardinal Health Hosts Annual FOODstruction Competition to Benefit Roadrunner® Food Bank
08/01/2012
Canned Food Construction Competition Gathers More Than 1,000 Non-perishable Items for Local Food Bank

Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aug. 1, 2012 — Cardinal Health donated more than 1,000 non-perishable items to Roadrunner® Food Bank ─ the result of its annual FOODstruction competition, where competing employee teams create elaborate structures made entirely out of canned food items.

The theme of this year’s event was “Take a Bite out of Hunger,” and Cardinal Health employee teams were encouraged to build structures to best demonstrate the theme. Teams had the month of July to complete their entries.

“We look forward to this competition each year, because it’s such a fun approach to giving back to our community,” said Dara Ambriz, senior analyst, Finance Operations and Cardinal Health Giving 365 liaison.

 In selecting a winning team, Roadrunner® Food Bank volunteers judging the event considered a number of criteria including:

  • Creativity
  • Adherence to the competition’s theme
  • Use of a minimum of 100 cans of food
  • Stability of structure
  • Incorporation of food labels into design

“We’re really appreciative of the Cardinal Health FOODstruction competition each summer,” said Melody Wattenbarger, president and CEO of Roadrunner® Food Bank, “especially because it helps us offset the decline in donations we see each summer following robust giving around the winter holidays.”

This year, five teams of Cardinal Health employees competed, building structures ranging from a picnic spread to Pac-Man®, the 1980s arcade game character. The winning team, whose “Gone Fishing” structure depicted a fisherman’s pole snagging a shark, received a pizza party and a “casual week,” during which team members can wear jeans to work.

About Cardinal Health

Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $103 billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers and physician offices focus on patient care while  reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products to more than 60,000 locations each day. The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying medical products to clinical laboratories and operating the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #21 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs more than 30,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at cardinalhealth.com and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.

PAC-MAN is a registered trademark of NAMCO

ROADRUNNER is a registered trademark of Roadrunner Food Bank, Inc.

 

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