Mitzvah Day volunteers set sandwich-making world record

By Sandy Rashty, May 4, 2012

A Guinness World Record was set by the Jewish community in New York last Sunday, after volunteers made 1,660 sandwiches in one hour as part of a Mitzvah Day challenge.

The certified record was set after 200 people volunteered at the event "designed to energise children and families from the Jewish community into action," said Amy Mandell, co-chair of the UJA-Federation Guinness World Record.

The soy-butter and jam sandwiches, made in recognition of growing food allergies in the community, were donated to those in need through the Queens Jewish Community Council and the Interfaith Nutrition Network.

"Volunteers came away with a greater understanding that in one hour's time, it's possible to make a difference in the lives of so many who experience hunger and poverty," said co-chair Barrie Overend.

Mitzvah day projects are held worldwide in recognition of Jewish communities in need.

Last updated: 10:52am, May 4 2012