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Art that helps fight hunger

Food became art as students from seven Charlotte-area schools participated in a Nov. 7 competition to help feed hungry people.

Myers Park High was voted the People’s Choice winner at the “Spotlight on Hunger” event at All American Pub in Charlotte’s South End, an effort to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Students stacked food products to create shadow art depicting the Charlotte skyline.

Students at Myers Park, Ardrey Kell, East Mecklenburg, Hopewell, South Mecklenburg and West Charlotte high schools and Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology make up the more than 130 from those schools who are part of the national ACE mentoring program, which sponsored the event.

ACE raised money for students to buy food and goods that can be donated to Second Harvest and build structures that are projected onto a wall to create an art piece. All items used were donated to Second Harvest for distribution to local food pantries, crisis centers and shelters around Thanksgiving.

This marked the fifth year ACE created a competition to benefit the food bank, but it was the first time food towers were projected onto a wall. “It was amazing what the students came up with,” said Tracy Dodson of ACE.

West Charlotte’s design was voted Most Artistic; South Mecklenburg won for Most Balanced Meal.

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