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N.J. teens aim for canned food record

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A student on the pyramid of cans (Jim Occi/NJ.com)

A student on the pyramid of cans. (Jim Occi/NJ.com)

A group of teens from Cranford, N.J., have collected more than 25,000 cans of food in order to construct a pyramid, set a world record and help feed the hungry.

NJ.com reports that, although the exact number of cans is still unconfirmed by Guinness, it's believed the teens have likely set a record for largest pyramid made of cans. The tin wonder stands more than 15 feet high.

It was constructed by members of the Cranford Teen Advisory Board. They began building the pyramid at 8 a.m. on a Saturday and weren't finished until 10 p.m., according to NJ.com.

Approximately 20,000 cans came courtesy of ShopRite grocery stores. Teens collected the rest of the cans. When the pyramid is dismantled, the food will be donated to several different charities.

NJToday.net reports that it will take Guinness six to eight weeks to confirm the unofficial record. Adult leader Mark Dingelstedt spoke to NJToday.net about the experience:

The builders averaged approximately 2,000 cans per hour. At times, frustration set in when roadblocks were stumbled upon and building slowed to a crawl. Numerous times throughout the build, work would pause to discuss where to place the next cans or where to move the scaffolding. Fifteen-year olds were working with fifty-year olds exchanging ideas. If the younger ones had the best ideas, then it was done.

For more photos of the pyramid's construction, check out the work of photographer Jim Occi.

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