Volunteers will try to break a Guinness World Record today for the most sandwiches made in an hour, but children in Richmond and Columbia counties will be the real winners.
Action Ministries and Rethink Church have set a goal to make 3,000 cheese sandwiches in one hour, said Laurie Cook, the director of development for Action Ministries. Registration to volunteer will begin at 9 a.m. at Marvin United Methodist Church. The contest will be from 10 to 11 a.m.
The current record of 2,706 sandwiches was set May 21 by Eckrich Bacon Lover’s Deli Meats in New York.
As of Friday afternoon, 56 volunteers had committed to making the sandwiches but there is room at the tables for 192 volunteers, Cook said.
Sandwiches will consist of two slices of bread and two slices of cheese, which will be used to make sack lunches to be distributed through Action Ministries’ Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program.
“It’s a great way for us to gather up sandwiches for our lunch program, but also try to get the record for the most sandwiches made in an hour,” Cook said.
Smart Lunch, Smart Kid provides sack lunches every weekday to children in Richmond and Columbia counties who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches during the school year and might not have access to adequate nutrition otherwise in summer. Sack lunches consist of a sandwich, a salty snack, a sweet snack (usually fruit or fruit snacks), and a bottle of water or juice.
Cook said more than 450 children receive lunches each day in Richmond and Columbia counties.
More volunteers are needed to make sandwiches,to put them into sandwich bags and to assemble sack lunches after the event.
“A lot of times kids will write notes or cards to put in the lunches, or they’ll color the sacks,” Cook said. “We’ll have a station for that.”
For more information or to register to volunteer, visit www.smartlunchsmartkid.org. Because the event will be video recorded, volunteers must sign media releases to participate.