ROSLYN, NY--(Marketwire - May 2, 2012) - Setting a Guinness World Record, 100 children and parent UJA-Federation Guinness World Record volunteers came together from the Jewish community to whip together 1,660 sandwiches in one hour to be donated to feed the hungry. With support from an additional 100 volunteers from the local Jewish community who wrapped and counted the sandwiches, the pile of sandwiches at the end of the hour stood high -- a visible reminder of what it takes to feed those in need. UJA-Federation of New York sponsored this mitzvah project on a day dedicated to good deeds that make a difference in our local communities. After recording the event for Guinness World Record certification, the sandwiches were immediately donated to the Queens Jewish Community Council in Forest Hills, a UJA-Federation beneficiary agency, and to the Long Island-based INN, the Interfaith Nutrition Network located in Hempstead.
"UJA-Federation mitzvah projects are designed to energize children and families from the Jewish community into action," explained Amy Mandell, co-chair of the UJA-Federation Guinness World Record. "The challenge of making more than 1,500 sandwiches to set the record in just one hour stepped up the excitement into a frenzy of good will."
"All of our 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 in New York, while engaging them in our Jewish community," stated co-chair Barrie Overend.
"Poverty in New York and on Long Island is all around us, though not often visible. Throughout our communities there are families still suffering from the difficult economic climate, hungry behind the doors of their middle class homes, perhaps right next door," added co-chair Beth Eichenholtz. "Through mitzvah projects, the Jewish community remembers that it's important to make a difference in our local communities and that we touch the lives of those in need."
Following strict Guinness World Record standards, each of the 1,660 mitzvah project sandwich comprised two ingredients between two pieces of bread, in this case, soy butter and jelly in recognition of growing allergy sensitivities in the community.
In addition to the sandwich-making marathon, Mitzvah Day attracted hundreds of local families with art projects for all ages; a blood drive; sorting and packing donations of kosher food for the Kol Ditzrich Kosher Food Pantry, a program of UJA-Federation; outdoor clean-ups; and nursing home visits, reaching throughout the Jewish community on Long Island.
About UJA-Federation of New York
For more than 90 years, UJA-Federation has been a central force for communal planning and philanthropy in the New York Jewish community. Through UJA-Federation, more than 60,000 donors pool their resources to help people in need, inspire a passion for Jewish life and learning, and strengthen Jewish communities around the world -- to address the issues that matter to us most as Jews and as New Yorkers. Working with more than 100 network beneficiary agencies, synagogues, and other Jewish organizations, our reach spans from New York to Israel to more than 60 other countries around the world, touching 4.5 million people each year. Because we do the most good when we do it together. For more information on how to donate or how to volunteer, please visit our website at www.ujafedny.org.