Canned food snowman to benefit food pantry

Posted Dec. 20, 2011, at 5:13 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Artist Allison Melton assembled a unique snowman scene made entirely of canned goods at Hollywood Slots Hotel and Raceway as a way to benefit an area food pantry.

“This is my second year working with Hollywood Slots in an effort to produce a holiday-themed display. I’m very happy to be involved with a project that so directly references the act of giving to our community,” said Melton, a recent graduate of the intermedia Master of Fine Arts program at the University of Maine. “I chose this year’s theme not only because of holiday and winter associations we make when we see a snowman, but also because the act of building a snowman represents family unity and time shared with loved ones.”

The larger snowman in the display is approximately 11 feet tall, and the entire scene is made of nearly a ton of canned goods — 1,068 pounds of large tomato soup cans, 293 pounds of canned corn and 544 pounds of individual cans of chicken noodle and tomato soups for a total of 1,905 pounds of canned goods. The canned goods will be donated to the United Way Pantry Project after the holiday season.

“The holidays are about being festive, being with family and friends, and enjoying the season,” said John Osborne, general manager of Hollywood Slots. “But there should also be a recognition that times are tough right now for a good number of people in our area. So we want people to enjoy this beautiful snowman scene, but also maybe think about giving some canned goods to the United Way’s Pantry Project in January.” Patrons of Hollywood Slots are encouraged to bring canned goods to aid the United Way Pantry Project.

For information on the United Way Pantry Project, visit