Bagging a World Record, Feeding Hungry Kids
North Georgia United Methodists joined with corporate volunteers, Wesley Foundations, community members, public officials and others to pack more than 18,500 sandwiches in five cities on Saturday, June 29 -- all in support of Smart Lunch, Smart Kid.
The effort — in partnership with United Methodist Communications' Rethink Church and Action Ministries — aimed to bag a Guinness World Record and feed some hungry kids. All five locations appear to have bested the record for making the most sandwiches in an hour, which has stood at 2,706.
Volunteers in Lithonia, in the Atlanta metroplex, made 4,226 sandwiches; Athens volunteers made 3,814, and those who turned out in Rome made 4,000; the Gainesville group made 3,546, and the volunteers in Augusta made 2,988 sandwiches. Guinness will respond in four to six weeks to confirm whether a new record has been set.
The sandwiches will be distributed by the Smart Lunch, Smart Kid program that is trying to serve 200,000 healthy lunches to children in 20 Georgia cities this summer. More than 800,000 youngsters in Georgia qualify for free and reduced lunch during the school year. Many of them are hungry during summer.
Read about the day through tweets at https://storify.com/UMNS/bagging-a-record-feeding-hungry-kids