July 16, 2019

Local Volunteers Make 3,000 Sandwiches For Food Bank

Over 2,000 volunteers gathered in Lucas Oil Stadium today in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for simultaneous sandwich-making. - Evan Robbins/WFYI

Over 2,000 volunteers gathered in Lucas Oil Stadium today in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for simultaneous sandwich-making.

Evan Robbins/WFYI

Over 2,000 volunteers gathered in Lucas Oil Stadium Tuesday in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for simultaneous sandwich-making.

GetGo Convenience Stores organized the event and donated all the sandwiches to Gleaners Food Bank.

Gleaners CEO John Elliot says the sandwiches made during the world record attempt will be used as part of Gleaners mobile CARE pantry program, which brings food to Indianapolis neighborhoods with food safety needs.

Elliot says the mobile CARE pantry program pairs with law enforcement to provide food to needy areas where uniformed officers distribute meals to families in need.

In 2018 the mobile pantry program served over 16,000 households.

The previous world record for sandwiches made simultaneously was set in 2016 in Dallas, Texas with 2,586 people.

Tuesday’s attempt did not quite break the record, but Elliot says the 3,000 sandwiches made today will help Gleaners in their fight against food insecurity in central Indiana.

“Despite all the hard work of Gleaners and others, we’ve still got a meal gap in this state of over 150 million meals a year.” Elliot says, “One sandwich at a time, maybe we can close that gap.”

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